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Brett at Andretti

Very excited! We are on the road headed through Sonoma towards Napa and I am so proud I've kept the B&B a secret still! I am flipping through the papers I had in my lap and I realized the one page said "The Bealzey House" and of course, Mr. Nosy is checking the papers out from the passenger seat. UUUGHHH!  He quickly looks away and says he saw nothing but is not making eye contact with me.  LOL.  Dang it!  Figures!  Oh well, so I came clean that we were staying in a Bed and Breakfast Inn BUT he still didn't know about the jacuzzi and fireplace. Hee Hee. 

Since we were pretty early still, I decided to take him to one of the wineries I am a member at - Andretti  Winery.

Brett ready for his first Napa wine tasting!
  Yes, as in Mario Andretti, the famous race car driver.  This is one of the wineries I enjoy bringing people to and it's a fun place to taste - they have a lot of wines and the grounds are beautiful.  I guess I have been there a lot lately (only like 3 times since September) but the guy recognized me as a wine club member.  HAHA.  I was excited for Brett and I to be at our first wine tasting together in Napa.  I love the California wine country and it was like a dream come true to share that with him.  It's been a few years since I've done a weekend in wine country - now I just do day trips from home so this was exciting for me too. 

We hung out at Andretti for a bit, Brett bought his usual magnet, and even a hat and shirt.  Whoo Hoo.  We headed off to check in our B&B which was INCREDIBLE.

Our beautiful fireplace!
  Colin, the innkeeper for the night, greeted us like old family friends and I instantly fell in love with the place.  There are 10 rooms between the Mansion and the Carriage House - we were staying in the East Loft of the Carriage house which had beautiful cedar vaulted ceilings - I was very excited to see it.  I was almost thinking of sending Brett off to the car but decided to let him see it as Colin checked us in.  Brett's eyes were priceless as we walked in and he first saw the fireplace and then he saw the tub and just kept saying "wow".  It was without a doubt, the most beautiful room I've seen.  I'd been discussing the place on TB with both Joy and Lynn and told them I'd let them know if it was as magical as it appeared and yes...it was PERFECT!  The sheets really were 50,000+ thread count.
Oh that tub! And the beautiful stained glass window
.OMG - like silk! 

We got out stuff out of the car and headed back to the main house for the mini wine reception and the homemade chocolate chip cookies I'd been hearing about.  Cookies and sherry are provided in the afternoon and there are always sodas, water, and such in a mini fridge available at no cost.  Since there were only 4 of us staying in the house total, there was no winery coming in so Colin was just going to open a few bottles and we could sit around and chat.  The other couple ironically was from Sacramento as well so we chatted with them a bit while enjoying a Chardonnay from Trefethen and a Cabernet from Castello di Amorosa (where I would be taking Brett on Saturday - YEAH).

The Oysters Rockefeller
  The fireplace was on and it was nice and cozy, except for someone who was jet lagged.   Brett was fading fast and I knew I had to get him to dinner or we were doomed! LOL. 

Colin gave us a few recommendations and we decided on a Cajun place that was like 2 blocks up.  He got us a reservation and off we headed.  It was a very small place but very cozy.  The food was phenominal and I really enjoyed what I ordered.  They had an Oysters Rockefeller special that was to die for. I wish I remember everything that was in it but I remember it had marscapone cheese and the oysters weren't cheap ($3.50 each) but we decided to try 4 of them.  I ordred the Gumbo and Brett had the Jambalaya with Duck Confit.  Both were excellent but definitely a bit on the spicy side.  I couldn't finish all the gumbo and gave some to Brett to eat.  Poor thing, he was falling asleep at the dinner table so we quickly got our check and headed back to the room. 

We decided to relax and take advantage of the great jacuzzi tub and the wine I brought and it was just a perfect evening! We had to head to bed early though as we had to be up in St Helena by 10:30am for our tour and tasting with V. Sattui!  :-)

metsbwd says:
Mr Nosy indeed...hey...you were driving...had a little concern. The B&B truly is an amazing place! Thank you!!!
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009
Quest says:
this sounds like a place I'd love to visit at some point... now, if I can only find someone to go there with..lol
Posted on: Jan 24, 2009
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Brett at Andretti
Brett at Andretti
Brett ready for his first Napa win…
Brett ready for his first Napa wi…
Our beautiful fireplace!
Our beautiful fireplace!
Oh that tub! And the beautiful sta…
Oh that tub! And the beautiful st…
The Oysters Rockefeller
The Oysters Rockefeller
Jambalaya with Duck Confit
Jambalaya with Duck Confit
Jetlagged Brett ready to eat
Jetlagged Brett ready to eat
My Gumbo
My Gumbo
Fountain at Andretti
Fountain at Andretti
Andretti steel fermentation tanks
Andretti steel fermentation tanks
Grounds at Andretti
Grounds at Andretti
Grounds at Andretti
Grounds at Andretti
Beautiful Tuscan themed decor at A…
Beautiful Tuscan themed decor at …
Welcome to Andretti Winery
Welcome to Andretti Winery
The strawberries and chocolate sau…
The strawberries and chocolate sa…
The sitting area in our room
The sitting area in our room
Another pic of the tub
Another pic of the tub
Beautiful window in the room
Beautiful window in the room
The gorgeous king bed and the vaul…
The gorgeous king bed and the vau…
Close up of the strawberries and c…
Close up of the strawberries and …
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