I'm so glad we did! It had been a few years since I saw Maria and we had so much fun! First, I drove up early in the morning to beat traffic (success!) and then I went to the Oxbow Market, which was closed for cleaning (fail!). I did get a breakfast sandwich from Model's Bakery in order to try their famous English muffin, which was pretty good! Then I headed up the 29 with a quick stop in Yountville to see Bouchon Bakery. Unlike the last time I was there, the line was non-existent (yay!). I ordered two macarons for SMS and, almost unbelievably, they made it home without me eating them! I also tried a small amount of croissant which was good, but it's been awhile since I've tried a croissant that I thought was truly sublime. Maybe that's too lofty of a standard for a pastry or, at minimum, a little over-the-top for any kind of foodstuff?
|Cardinale Tasting Room with a cool time-lapse photo of a single vine|
|It's a warehouse!|
We had a great tasting at Cardinale, sampling Mt Brave, La Jota and two Cardinale cabernet sauvignons, 2008 and 2012. The most exquisite, sophisticated wine was the 2008 Cardinale but I really liked the Mt. Brave wine. It was full of blue notes and tasted like the mountain. *Sigh* Someday, I will be able to pull off wine comparisons. I'll be honest- I stole the descriptors from our lovely and knowledgable guides since to me, it just tasted delicious!
After our tour, Maria and I headed to Mustards Grill for a great lunch with two of her cousins. The food was delicious and we all talked a lot! I had such a fun time and I hope I see my second cousins again soon!
|The "cottage!" My aunt is in the far left background.|
|Warehouse view at twilight- end of a great day!|