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An Afternoon in Napa: Wine and Dine








Last weekend, finally no more rain, we decided to drive up to Napa to spend my afternoon there.  The advantage of living in San Francisco is that it only takes a little bit over an hour to get to Napa.  Although I do have few favorite wineries in my list, I try to visit new wineries and/or restaurants whenever I go there.

I have been wanting to go to Domain Carneros for a long time.  Every time when I drove by this estate vineyard on highway 12, I was drawn by the beautiful garden, and the grand staircase that leads to the terrace.  When I was at the terrace last weekend, I liked it even more.  Not only the chateau is very elegant, but the view looking down from the terrace is amazing.

For the tasting, I tried the “Chateau Sampler”, $30, two sparklings and two reds.  I was debating if I should try the “Sparkling Wine Sampler”, since I know they are known for sparkling wines.  But I was also curious about their reds.  Well, after I tasted, I actually really like the sparkling wines way more than the reds.  My favorite one is the “2011 Estate Brut Cuvée”.



For dinner, very last minute, we decided to go to Bottega in Yountville.  The only reservation that they had was at 6pm.  Immediately, we drove and rushed to get there.  I was glad that we got there before dark so I could take some photos.  This was my first time visiting Bottega and I had a very good experience.  Before stepping into the restaurant, I was drawn to the floor pattern on the exterior flooring and staircase.  The pattern looks like a Bohemian rug to me. I felt like I was passing through a foyer before entering into the restaurant.  The overall interior atmosphere is nice, open kitchen, partial brick wall, and exposed black metal beams.  I was not able to take some nice photos since the interior lighting is quite low.