Bottled Poetry – Napa Valley

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The trip to Napa Valley was definitely one of the most anticipated of all my stops in California. Luckily, it surpassed all my expectations and was just as stunning as I had expected. In the car ride alone I must have snapped at least 100 photos! But actually stopping at the wineries was the best part, by far. Below is the second and most beautiful stop of the day, the Chateau Montelena. It was built in 1882 and is one of the wineries that helped give California wines a place in the wine world.

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The grand chateau is nestled into the side of a mountain and surrounded by the estate vineyard and a lake with Chinese-inspired gazebos.

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Inside the chateau is the tasting room, where everyone (including me, of course) gathered for a very yummy wine tasting. I’m not a big cabernet person, but I can certainly appreciate a good red, and I have to say they had a very good red. Most of the wines they offer for tasting are reds, although they were made famous back in 1976 for a Chardonnay. But I’ll explain more about that in the next post!

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For both our sakes, I’ve decided to split the Napa post into two, so I’ll post the second installment in a couple of days. In the meantime, go grab yourself a glass of wine. I’m sure all this talk about grapes has made you thirsty!

Happy drinking! 🙂

Check out the Chateau website HERE.

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