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Beautiful sun drenched Andretti Winery.

Driving into Napa, I did some quick checks online via my phone and saw that the Andretti Winery was open until 5PM, so we decided to head there before going to our hotel.  Hotel?  Well...Erin had this huge pile of papers but the only one I was allowed to look at was the map of the wineries.  However, she was looking for something on one of the pages, flipping through papers, and driving at the same time.  It was a little verve wracking, and I was watching just to make sure she didn't need any help.  She got to a piece of paper and was reading it, and I glanced down and saw the name of our hotel, Beasley House Bed and Breakfast.  She glanced over and saw me looking and instantly I realized that must have been the surprise.

Andretti Winery
..I wasn't supposed to know it was a B&B :-(  Oops!  Well...apparenntly she had more in store for later...

We drove through a little of the town of Napa, following the little map, hoping to find the proper road for the winery.  I have to admit...my first glimpses of Napa had me a little concerned...it seemed just like any other American suburban sprawl...but that soon changed.

We got to Andretti, and it was a gorgeous summer afternoon...in January!  The only difference was the empty vines, otherwise I would have thought it was late May or something.  The grounds of the winery were amazing, and the way the sun was shining on the buildings, the fountain, and across the fields of vines was simply breathtaking!

Inside, I saw my first ever wine tasting room, and was a little surprised by a) how many people were there, b) how laid back and unpretentious it seemed, and c) how quickly Erin was recognized :-P  We tasted the full slate of wines available for tasting, including the new releases that were going to be part of that month's wine club shipments.

Beasley House Bed and Breakfast
  It was pretty surreal here, with the mix between people there for the wine and the people there for the Andretti name (Mario Andretti).  I have to admit...this first tasting was very nice...but it wasn't until tomorrow that I really started to get into the swing of things and hold my own.

We left Andretti and after almost giving Erin a heart attack when I thought she was about to go the wrong way down the highway, we headed down to the Bed and Breakfast to check in.  We found it very easily, parked, and then walked in to register.  Immediately I was struck by how nice ans quaint the whole place was.  Colin was very friendly in checking us in, gave us a little tour of the common areas of the Mansion and grounds, and brought us over to the carriage house to show us the room we would call home that weekend.

Our room at the Beasley House

What a room!  Erin hadn't told me anything yet about the room, but oh my god...when I saw the place I fell in love with it!  The room is incredible, with the fireplace, jacuzzi bathtub, and a bed to die for!  Colin left us the key and we made plans to meet back in the main house a little later for the reception and then proceeded to bring our stuff in from the car and I finally got to relax after the trip out from the Netherlands.   Of course, first Erin had to show me all of the specials she had arranged, such as the special wine glasses, the fresh strawberries, and the heavenly chocolate merlot sauce!  Oh my god, that is good!!!

We joined Colin and the other couple (Curtis and Shirley) staying in the house that weekend for some wine in the parlor of the mansion.

Oysters at dinner. Heaven in a half-shell!
  Turns out they are also from Sacramento and Erin and Shirley seemed to know a lot of the same places.  It also was funny, in that one of the wines we had while sitting there was from one of the wineries we had planned for the visits tomorrow!

After asking for recommendations for dinner, we decided we would like to the the Bleaux Magnolia, a relatively new cajun resteraunt within walking distance.  Colin made us a reservation and we finished our wines, chatted a while, and then bid our farewell to go make our reservation.

Dinner was awesome!  I've never been a big seafood eater, but after the dinner in Brussels in December, I decided that it wasn't bad at all, so I decided that Erin and I could both try some of the night's special appetizer, an Oysters Marscapone or something, named after the cheese that was part of the preperation.

Me and my jambalaya. You can see the jet lag starting to set in a little...
  There were some amazing sounding specials, including one mixing the gumbo and jambalaya, but I was starting to feel the affect of the day's journey and wine and decided to stick with just the jambalaya with duck confit while Erin had the seafood gumbo. 

The oysters came out first, and were to die for!  Next time I'll just order a bunch of those, they were so good.  This is not to say there was anything wrong with the main courses...but these were beyond perfect.  I loved Erin's gumbo as well, as it had some nice spice and I love spicy foods!  I started to get my patented droop as dinner neared an end, and we soon returned back to the room where we relaxed a little, made use of the room's many amenities before retiring to prepare for the next day's agenda of wine tasting.

poohstanggt says:
Uhhhhh, you got the droop before dinner even came out! LOL. Thank heaven for that "draft" of cold air...HAHA.

And trust me, you already knew what you were doing at Andretti - you fit right in with us CA wine peeps! :D
Posted on: Feb 01, 2009
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Beautiful sun drenched Andretti Wi…
Beautiful sun drenched Andretti W…
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Beasley House Bed and Breakfast
Beasley House Bed and Breakfast
Our room at the Beasley House
Our room at the Beasley House
Oysters at dinner.  Heaven in a ha…
Oysters at dinner. Heaven in a h…
Me and my jambalaya.  You can see …
Me and my jambalaya. You can see…
Rolling hills of wine country
Rolling hills of wine country
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Napa hills
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Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Andretti Winery
Another view of the Beasley House …
Another view of the Beasley House…
Bathroom at Beasley House
Bathroom at Beasley House
Fireplace and TV at Beasley House
Fireplace and TV at Beasley House
Our heavenly bed!
Our heavenly bed!
My jambalaya with duck confit.  Ve…
My jambalaya with duck confit. V…
Erins seafood gumbo.  Delicious!!!
Erin's seafood gumbo. Delicious!!!
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