If you love wine and beautiful scenery, you need to take your next trip to Napa Valley, CA.
While I often find myself longing for the beaches of San Diego, I have to admit, NorCal has a lot going for it too. We have scenic beaches too, not to mention I’ve spent more time in the woods/mountains in the past 18 months then I have in years, but the real gem of northern California is wine country.
I mean, duh. Wine!!
I feel very fortunate to live just a quick, 40 minute drive to some of Napa’s most beautiful wineries. Even for those of you who aren’t big wine drinkers, you should definitely make a trip to Napa just for the gorgeous scenery.
Look at this place. It’s beyond idyllic.
As much as I’d love to drive to Napa every weekend and sit around sipping wine and nibbling on cheese, that’s just not feasible. For those weekends when I stay closer to home, I like to crack open a bottle or two of Sequoia Grove wine (cabernet is my favorite) and pretend like I’m right there at their beautiful winery.
Sequoia Grove is one of those hidden gems in Napa. There are plenty of big name wineries to visit, but Sequoia Grove’s 110 year old barn/tasting room is an experience like no other. The family that owns Sequoia Grove let’s the land influence the varietals they produce which has helped to establish them as one of the premier cabernet sauvignon producers in Napa.
Now that my backyard renovation is complete, I do kind of feel like I’m in a peaceful retreat like Napa when we sit on our deck.
We’ve got trees. We’ve got misty morning fog. We’ve got chirping birds……..i’m thinking maybe we need to grow a couple of grape vines just to complete that Napa-esque feeling.
I’d call it Wine by Betsy. I think it has a nice ring to it!
Ok, maybe I’ll leave the wine making to the professionals, but the accompanying snacks I can handle.
Whether or not we’re hosting friends or just enjoying a good book on the deck, I like to make a few light bites, to enjoy with our wine. Summer is here so I’m currently craving a summer-inspired crostini with fresh ricotta, peaches and basil.
A few frozen grapes to keep our Sequoia Grove Chardonnay cold rounds out the perfect summer afternoon in my book.
For those who can’t make it to Napa this weekend, or are planning a trip in the future, may I suggest a couple of bottle of Sequoia Grove to tide you over? It won’t be long now until you’re sipping in person.