Day Two - Wonderful Day of Leisurely Wine Tasting, topped off with Dinner at Bouchon!
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I was having a lot of trouble sleeping because the heater was soooo hot. Fortunately, Sybil also wakes up pretty early so I had someone to talk to (much to Az’s chagrin). To give Az some quiet sleeping time, Sybil and I decided to take a walk around town in the freezing cold and take silly pictures. We took pictures with a Pea Anderson bulletin board and a huge snow mobile that we saw at a RV Resort. It’s amazing how little it takes to amuse us. After about 40 minutes we headed back to see if Az was up and realized our cars were covered in a thin layer of ice so we had to heat them up. (I don’t think I could ever live in a cold place … brrrr).
Our first stop in the morning was Belgian Café in Solvang – a delightful kitschy little place.
Our first winery on our day of winetasting, we stopped at Royal Oaks, mainly because the wineries on our planned itinerary were not yet opened. This place was near our breakfast locale and we had time to kill, so we thought “why not?” I’m glad we did, because they had delightful sweet wines – perfect for my parents who only enjoy sweet wines. We each bought a few bottles as gifts for our respective parents (… except for Sybil who I believe is keeping her bottles)…
Our second stop was Blackjack – which was highly recommended (probably because it was also showcased in Sideways).
We then headed to Rideau – also recommended by one of Az’s friends. Very pretty, feminine tasting room with a lot of decorations and memorabilia dedicated to
At this point, Sybil had to head back to LA to meet her lovah (I mean, her boyfriend). J Az and I then went to Melville – whose wines I already adore. The tasting room was very nice – warm, spacious but cozy, and all decked out for the holidays. I did the tasting and the wines were all superb. Wonderfully jammy bouquets, with smooth, complex flavors.
After a good long break (so I could sober up properly) we tried the neighboring winery, Babcock. I wasn’t tasting so was just trying a little of Az’s wines – I definitely enjoyed them more than her though. I thought the wines were very promising – interesting, complexities, good bouquets. I think had I tried this place first I would probably have bought some wines, but at this point I was imagining the damage I was doing to my credit card bill (esp since I had just spent 2 days after Christmas shopping). J
We were going to try another winery but got lost, so then decided to head to
Then our carriage turned into a pumpkin and we headed home towards LA – after a nice little weekend of eating, drinking and being with close friends.