An Afternoon in Wine Country with Liz (Quest)

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I wanted to give Liz a taste of our beautiful wine country and what better place to take her than the Napa Valley!  Our first stop was a peek at the property Francis Ford Coppola bought from Inglenook Winery where he lived in the historic house on the premises at times.  The Coppola winery has since been turned into the Rubicon Estate which is just their very upscale wines and a way to detour the many tour groups that mobbed the place on the weekends.  Coppola has moved their operations to pretty deep within Sonoma County, up past Healdsburg where they are building a beautiful resort on much bigger land than the historic Inglenook Winery sits. 

After trespassing, errr, I mean getting lost on the private road, we headed up to St.

Liz and I with the cellar manager, Jay, in the gold room
Helena and made a stop into V. Sattui, which is one of my favorite wineries.  As anyone can see from earlier blog entries, I go up here pretty frequently and since I am one of their gold members there, I get treated very graciously by the staff.  We went down into the cellar and my favorite person, Jay, the Cellar Club Manager was working! YEAH!  Jay was hysterical as he talked to me only like Liz didn't speak English, when she quipped, "You can talk to me!" HAHAHAHA.  Liz is only a white wine drinker and so Jay took good care of her although we figured out she does not like dessert wines fortified with Brandy!! :-(  Jay took us up into the private gold room and we took a few photos with him up there and checked things out. That is the room he often lets me have my group in to have lunch...he's an absolute sweetheart! 

After hanging with Jay (and bugging Jordan a bit...hee hee) we headed off in the rainy afternoon to check out another one of my favorites that I knew Liz would enjoy.  Clos Pegase - which has quite an eclectic collection of art doting the property.   We then made a quick stop by Beringer which was closed for the holidays but has one of the most beautiful grounds in Napa Valley.  The house where the winery tasting room sits is a California Historical Landmark. 

We hung out here for awhile and then slowly, very slowly (thanks to traffic) made our way back to Sacramento for dinner! 

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Welcome to Napa Valley
Welcome to Napa Valley
Liz and I with the cellar manager,…
Liz and I with the cellar manager…
Coppola Property
Coppola Property
Coppola House
Coppola House
Coppola property
Coppola property
Liz and I in the Cellar Club at Sa…
Liz and I in the Cellar Club at S…
Liz being silly at Sattui
Liz being silly at Sattui
President Tom Davies signed Harves…
President Tom Davies signed Harve…
Liz and the cheese from Norway!
Liz and the cheese from Norway!
Yummmm....cheese tasting! :D
Yummmm....cheese tasting! :D
Hee Hee...had to get a pic of Jord…
Hee Hee...had to get a pic of Jor…
Sattui wine after the vineyard cat…
Sattui wine after the vineyard ca…
Liz and I outside at Sattui
Liz and I outside at Sattui
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Grapevines on Clos Pegase
Grapevines on Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Grape crushing at Clos Pegase
Grape crushing at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Liz hiding behind the statue at th…
Liz hiding behind the statue at t…
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
grapevines at Clos Pegase
Liz and I at Clos Pegase..yes, blu…
Liz and I at Clos Pegase..yes, bl…
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
grapevines and view of stormy day …
grapevines and view of stormy day…
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Foggy and clouds continuing to rol…
Foggy and clouds continuing to ro…
Art at Clos Pegase
Art at Clos Pegase
Clos Pegase
Clos Pegase
More grapevines
More grapevines
Love wine country in the fall!
Love wine country in the fall!
Clos Pegase visitors center
Clos Pegase visitors center
A bit of the sun peeking through j…
A bit of the sun peeking through …
Historic Beringer House
Historic Beringer House
Distant view of Beringer property
Distant view of Beringer property
CA Historical Landmark 814
CA Historical Landmark 814
Liz and I outside Beringer Winery
Liz and I outside Beringer Winery
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