San Francisco, Napa

A duck walks into a bar, duck asks "hey bartender, got any grapes?". The bartender says, " No, duck. No grapes, now get outta here." Duck comes back later, asks again "got any grapes?". Bartender, says, "No, duck! No grapes! Now get outta here and quit bothering me." Duck leaves. A few hours later, the duck returns again with the same question, "got any grapes?" and the bartender says " Look, duck, if you don't leave, I'm going to nail your bill to the wall!". Duck says, "Got any nails?" Bartender says "NO!". Ducks asks "Got any grapes?"

 Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

 Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

 

Our journey to Napa began with an hour drive from Berkeley to the Chandon winery, passing vineyard after vineyard along the highway. After about an hour of driving with the top down and sun blazing on us, we were ready to cool off with some bubbly. Jackson and I sat at the tasting bar and were greeted by the bartender with extensive knowledge about the vineyard and wine. He kept the samples coming and logged each glass so we would be able to keep track of our favorites. The entire experience was excellent and although there were a few samples that didn't meet my liking, it really didn't matter. I had zero complaints about having a date with my love in the middle of a champagne winery, sipping champagne in gorgeous weather.

 Domain Chandon, Napa, California

Domain Chandon, Napa, California

 Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

Domaine Chandon, Napa, California

We finished our tasting and ordered a bottle of our favorite selection along with a cheese plate and moved to a table outside. Under the trees, on top of the hillside were vacant chairs so we finished our plate of cheese and were shortly joined by another couple visiting from Chicago. As usual, there was small talk about business and the weather and how lovely it felt in the middle of summer without any humidity. I think it may have been Jackson stating how it was likely 100 degrees but felt like 80. I doubted that and checked the weather on my phone as it didn't feel anything like 100 degrees but sure enough, he was correct.

We were playing everything by ear and going where our travels took us and the last thing we needed was a place to rest our heads. We were sad to hear that Chandon doesn't offer lodging on property as well but we learned that there were some vineyards not too far away with vacancy. We checked into Vino Bello Resort and had their vineyard right outside our balcony paired with complimentary bottle of Merlot in our room. As soon as we got into the room, Jackson passed out on the bed so I went for a little tour in the vineyard solo. Now I didn't see any signs forbidding me from sampling the berries but i can't confirm or deny that i may have had about a handful. What can I say? I was just feeling ducky!  A plume of smoke was dragging across the sun from a nearby fire that was later put out. Caught that story on the local news.

 Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

 Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

 Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

I don't remember which variety of grape this was but it was delicious! Underneath this vineyard is the resorts' spa and wine tasting cellar. It's dark but so enchanting! I booked a morning massage which was very relaxing and perfect before heading back to Berkeley to see Reese and family.