When we reached Napa Valley the temperature was 103 degrees. We had thought about biking to various wineries, but with that heat we stuck to the air conditioned truck.
Our first stop was at Goose Cross Winery where we were treated very well as one of the first investors is related to Dave. From there we went to Hope & Grace in Yountville which is right across the street from Michael Chiarello's Napa Style and restaurant Bottega. We went in for an appetizer and then took a few shots of the surroundings.
We camped at Bothe Napa State Park, which was four miles south of Calistoga. We were glad the temps dropped enough at night that we were able to sleep comfortably, but it was right back up near 100 the following day. Here's a shot of our campsite.
On Monday our first stop was at the Robert Mondavi Winery. We didn't sample anything, but just wanted to see what the place looked like.
Here's Kelly walking past the vineyard at Robert Mondavi.
Here's a few more photos from the Mondavi Winery.
Here's Dave posing by the vines at Mondavi.
After Mondavi we went to Cosentino followed by Girard, both of which are in Yountville. While at Girard we ran in to a couple from Michigan we had met the day before and spent some time tasting with them and their friends. Here's a photo of us in the tasting room.
This photo is of Quintessa, but we didn't stop for a tasting as it was by appointment only.
Our next stop was at Sterling Vineyards. We didn't care so much about tasting the wine as we just wanted to see the grounds. It cost $20 for the tram ride up to the winery which included a self-guided tour and five tastings.
The wine was our least favorite, but the tram ride the winery and the view was worth the price.
Stainless Steel wine storage tanks.