Sipping wine in the valley

Trip Start Jul 31, 2007
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Trip End Aug 31, 2007


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Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, August 25, 2007

Miles so far: 4551

Number of wines drank: About 30

Amount of money spent in just wine: $300

Napa Valley was by far my favorite place on the trip, but we still have a ways to go.  The night we got to Napa it was about 5 o clock when most of the wineries close at 6.  We just decided to crash and watch movies for the night. In the morning we registered for a bus tour called Platypus Tours that went to 5 wineries with 10 other people.  We were the last ones to get picked up and I immediately introduced myself to everyone.  I didn't get everyone's name but I remembered where they were all from and it was a total mixed bag.  Our driver was from Ohio, a couple for New Jersey, an older couple from Chicago, 2 college students from texas, a couple from Denver and a couple for Calgary, Candada. At first everyone was quiet but after one or 2 wineries, everyone loosened up.  The tour was great because it went to a couple of small wineries along with some larger ones. 

The first winery we went to was Goosecross Cellars which didn't any fabulous wine to speak of but had a great peppper jelly.  The second winery was Rutherford Grove which gave us a great tour of the vineyard and explained the whole process of wine making. We also realized that if you purchase a bottle, that it would waive the tasting fee, giving us more incentive to buy. We purchased a Savigauon Blanche and a Sangovieie then had a picnic lunch outside on the vineyard.  By this time, many people had hit the drunken highway.  Next was a smaller family owned winery called Arger-Martucci.  It was like drinking wine at someones house.  We sat outside at a picnic table by the pool and sipped wine and had bread, but it wasn't the yummiest wine. On the way to the next winery, John had to pee so bad that we had to pull over the bus.  What a great memory. Next we went to Bennet Lane which seemed a little rude (they might have been closing) but had amazing wines.  They also sponsor Nascar's #2 and we got to see it.   The last winery we went to was Peju, the largest one we went to that day.  The wine was ok but it was too busy to enjoy and we couldn't ask as many questions. We didn't have fun witht eh stastues though. That was the end of our tour, thank godness we didn't have to drive. 

The day we left for Oregon, we got free passes to a couple of other wineries. First we went to V.Satturi which was rated the best winery 3 years in a row.  It was super busy but they had some yummy wines.  Lastly, we went to John's favorite wine, Louis M. Martini.  We sipped some magnificent $70 wine and hit the ride towards Eugene Oregon.
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