Lost Creek Wilderness {November 2011}

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wine, Food & Relaxation: the heart of Napa Valley

Despite three-hour long MCAT classes twice a week, and studying madly in between, I realize that I should briefly address my recent trip to the west coast (primarily through photos). The week can be described in a few simple words: wine, food & relaxation - everything a true vacation should be. We dined at world-class restaurants (including Bottega and REDD ... we decided to skip the notoriously overpriced French Laundry ...), tasted ridiculously good wine of many different grape varieties, and visited several interesting and unique vineyards during our stay in Yountville.

Domaine Chandon

Quixote Winery

Wine, cheese, olive oil, and chocolate tasting at Gabrielle's private estate & vineyard ~she also makes her own organic lavender products~

Napa Valley offered us a lovely time; I am happy to say that each visit to this region (November 2008 and now) left me feeling both refreshed and energized. From Napa, we drove through Sonoma and Point Reyes, where we opened a bottle of chardonnay on Limantour Beach, to San Francisco. Dan and Traci are doing so well, and little Bryce is the most adorable baby I could possibly imagine! It was such a treat to spend time with family that I don't see all that often :)

Enjoying a bottle of wine at Point Reyes National Seashore

Golden Gate Bridge

A gorgeous California poppy

California is a lush and beautiful place; I look forward to returning in June :)

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