California, Napa

[Red, red wine… – Napa, Ca]

August 18, 2015

Ben is here! To celebrate I attempted to take a day off and we hit the road for Wine Country. A mere 40 minutes away and we were already in Sonoma, then shortly after Napa and…our destination for the night, Healdsburg. (heel+de+sburg).

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s start at the beginning. We woke up bright and early, grabbed breakfast at our new absolute favorite spot in Lower Haight- brewery slash restaurant Black Sands. We are especially partial to the matcha shot, breakfast torta and my favorite – the granola.

Shot of Matcha, Stone Fruit granola bowl

Shot of Matcha, Stone Fruit granola bowl

The view from the doorway

The view from the doorway [iphoneography]

Having done the obligatory Foursquare scoping we hit the road and opted for a lunch stop in Napa at Boon Fly Cafe. While the wait was 45 minutes long, people got moved in much more quickly and we snagged seats at the first come, first sit bar stools in under 10 minutes.

Must orders: Doughnuts and breakfast cocktails.

We have arrive - dazed and confused but arrived nonetheless and ready for some food

We have arrive – dazed and confused but arrived nonetheless and ready for some food

Donuts and a cup of joe

Donuts and a cup of joe

Scenes from the breakfast bar

Scenes from the breakfast bar

oh and you know...some Salmon flatbread nomnom

oh and you know…some Salmon flatbread nomnom

 

We split the doughnuts and coffee deal alongside a salmon flatbread. I willed myself away from the day’s baked fresh sticky buns and other such good/bad things. My take away was that I’d likely stop here every time I was in the area, we were pleasantly surprised at what we thought would just be a small cafe.

Next we made our way to a Naked Wines tasting. For those of you that don’t know, I’ll explain this start-up a bit. Essentially it is an online retailer that aggregates independent wineries and turns them around for wholesale customers. We pay a small fee in our “angel account” that the company doesn’t touch and we can pull out at anytime – in exchange we get discounted bottles each month from wineries we often have never heard of. Anyways, Naked Wines just happened to be throwing a party so we stopped by on the way to our first tasting and checked it out in person.

Get out on the highway, booorn to be wild

Get out on the highway, booorn to be wild

Grapes, grapes grapes

Grapes, grapes grapes

Getting my closeup

Getting my closeup

 

Officially we stopped at our first tasting – Red Car Winery. Splashed across social media, this one seemed to have the most buzz on Instagram. The tasting room was ground level but the winery was too high up in the mountains to check out in person. Overall we thought this was a bit too cool for school as a fit for us but the wines were all pretty unique. I really liked the White Pepper Cabernet and we both liked the Red Car Rose which is especially unique as this winery makes a dry Rose from a Pinot Noir and oddly focuses on Rose rather than it being an after thought.

Yes way rose

Yes way rose

All of the tastings

All of the tastings

This could be in a Nylon magazine photo shoot [iphoneography]

This could be in a Nylon magazine photo shoot [iphoneography]

We made our way home for the night and put our things up in the hotel. From there we went to Valette for dinner in downtown Healdsburg. Dinner was beautiful and what better way to end the post with some lovely snaps from our lovely date.

Just a casual dinner in Healdsburg

Just a casual dinner in Healdsburg

Tomorrow – we wine! er whine…I mean wine. Cheers!

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