Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of traveling to California for the monthly commute to my current client. It was a fun week, mostly because my partner in crime started working with me again. We kicked off a new mobile project and I helped finish up a UI refresh that I've been working on for the last few months. While the happy hours and late night chats were fun, it didn't hold a candle to Trish and my journey to Napa Valley over Mother's Day weekend.

Before heading to Napa, I started by emailing some local friends to get some recommendations. We got some really detailed responses, especially from Dusty and Mrs. Crazy Bob. We took their recommendations, setup some appointments, made some reservations and booked a room at Harvest Inn.

After settling in the first night, we drove to Round Pond Estate to have a glass of wine with the sunset. The sunset was great, but Trish made it look even better with a little HDR.

Napa Country Sunset Napa Sunset with Windmill

That evening, we dined at Ad Hoc. We couldn't get a reservation until 9:30, but the food was fantastic and the pairings even better.

On Saturday, we slept in a bit and started our first tasting at Orin Swift in St. Helena. It was a private tasting in a hard-to-find area. We didn't recognize the name when we first made the appointment, but were impressed to find they made The Prisoner and Papillon. We enjoyed hearing the story of the winery and how all the labels came to be. We liked it so much, we bought a bunch and send it to our Moms for Mother's Day.

Orin Swift Collection

From Orin Swift, we went to Cade Winery. This was perched on the top of a mountain and had a terrific view. Trish had booked our tasting and tour online and we someone got into a release party, complete with oysters, exotic cheeses and lots of wine for everyone. We also got a tour of their underground cave.

Cade Vineyard Cave Table Cade Vineyard Cask Row Cade Flowers next to infinity pool

Cade Winery

Darth Vader Plumpjack Couple looking at the view at Cade Winery

While Orin Swift had our favorite wines of the day, Cade was our favorite winery. Not only that, but we discovered they made PlumpJack, which is one of Trish's favorite brands.

The last place we visited that afternoon was Anomaly, a very small winery that was in the owner's backyard. The winery itself was like a tall garage with the tasting room downstairs.

Anomaly Vineyard and house

That evening, we dined at Auberge. It was incredible. The Nuggets losing to the Lakers in Game 7 was not.

Auberge

Thanks to Dusty and Mrs. Crazy Bob for all the excellent recommendations. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

California Chevy in Wine Country

You can check out of Trish's pictures in her Napa Valley Gallery. I especially dig her California Chevy photo shown above.

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