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Above: We dined yesterday evening atop Howell Mt. in Napa Valley, looking out on to one of the most beautiful (and most manicured) vineyards I’ve ever seen. Napa Valley take-out isn’t just any old take-out: roast brisket sandwiches, locally grown lettuces, and can’t-be-beat California asparagus.
It’s hard to believe… neither Tracie B nor I have ever been to Napa Valley.
Above: Tracie B looked so beautiful in the early evening light atop the mountain, the lush valley playing backdrop to the golden sunlight on her face.
Frankly, I am embarrassed that I know so little about the winemaking history and tradition of my own country — and my home state, for that matter. As Craig Camp points out rightly, wine professionals — above all — should drink locally.
Above: From left, Tracie B., Dan Redman (the owner of the company I work for), Dan’s lovely wife Melinda, and our friend Elton Slone.
We’ve only been here for a day but it’s been fascinating to see these places — some of them, the most famous growing sites in the world — and try to wrap my mind around what Napa Valley is and what it means.
Above: Our hotel room in downtown Napa looks out on to the Napa river.
I’m posting in a rush this morning as we get ready to go out and taste with some of the wineries the company I work for represents but I’m sure Tracie B and I will both have lots to post about in the days that follow.
Have a great time…if you get a chance, stop by Taylor’s Automatic Refresher in St. Helena…it’s wonderful for a quick lunch!
Jason, thanks! We did make it to Taylor’s and enjoyed it immensely. Too much really… I’m kinda regretting the Chili Cheese Fries today…
well now don’t you lean toward the dramatic! but i LIKE it :)
that was such a perfect meal smack dab in the middle of purdy town. we are definitely in the minority ’round these parts–i think we need a little ‘terroir’ to set us straight. SF bes’ watch out!