Today's adventure brought us to the Napa Valley, home to many famous, and some not known to us, wineries. Somewhat surprising, but I guess not so from a wine growing perspective, the high temperature is 101 F, a bit of a change from San Francisco.
We are staying in the town of Calistoga, a charming little place that has the ambiance of part Western and part quaint, boutique. The three pictures attached are of Calistoga.
We drove extensively through Napa Valley, seeing the towns of St. Helena Oakville, and Napa. The first two are also somewhat small, but charming. Napa was larger than we expected, and its downtown has been extensively redone following the earthquake that caused substantive damage to the town. Consequently, its character is more of a modern municipality than one of an older California town...say from the early 1960s.
Fortunately, the town seems to have recovered well from the earthquake.
Of course, Napa Valley is really about the wines. There is even a wine tasting train that hauls wine lovers through the area to a number of vintners. Among some of the wineries we saw were Charles Krug, Rutherford, Domaine Chandon, Stag's Leap, and William Hill. That only scratches the surface on the number of wine growers here.
Tomorrow, we head for the coast again, and drive to Garberville, a place of which I admittedly never heard prior to doing research for this trip. Significantly, we will be communing with California redwoods.
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