In part two of our venture, I bring you to Napa Valley.
Nestled in the hills off of Hwy 29 is a quiet, romantic journey into wine country. #$&%& Strike that – reverse it. I drove on Hwy 29 going into Napa, there was nothing quiet or romantic about it – as one might have thought. I saw traffic and the freakishly large crowds at the vineyards. I wanted to curl up and go home. It felt like Disney Land on a bad trip. Huge crowds of people who crawled out from the woodwork.
As I drove to a recommended winery, I felt as if I should put on my Hawaiian shirt, stick out my belly and lick an ice cream cone. This was tourism at its best. And I wanted to throw up. We quickly b-lined it to 121 to find some “off the beaten path” wineries. The rules have changed also – where you need appointments. Whatever – lets cut down a road and find something redeeming. And we did.
Honig Vineyard and Winery welcomed us (with a quick reservation), not only with scenery but with hospitality.
They offered us some of their best wine. I honestly did love their wines, the staff, and the scenery. A cozy and relaxing surrounding gave us what we were looking for without Mickey Mouse waving us in. Enjoy our pics, all from Honig.
I also have to add, this week at Houston’s Strata Restaurant I had the privilege of meeting Bart O’Brien of O’Brien Estates. Not only a great guy, he led us on a journey of romantic tales as he introduced his wines and we celebrated a relationship from start to end. With each bottle of wine, a piece of poetry on the back tells the tale of a developing relationship between two people. They are soon to go to “members only”, and I am already signing up to be a part of that – as Bart invites you to come to his winery and enjoy a sunset. Because of the personality and depth behind these wines, I will be back to Napa to take Bart up on that sunset… Life is good.
Stay hungry Houston, and pair that meal with some of the finest wines in the US. I do recommend Honig and O’Brien to enhance whatever meal you choose to enjoy tonight.