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Being in such close proximity to the highway leading into Napa and Sonoma my friends and I agreed to take a trip into Napa for an afternoon. This marks my first trip to the wine county of Napa and seeing the vineyards all lined up down the highway. This was also my first drive through San Francisco and over any of the bridges.
I spent my time looking out the car windows as we wound our way down the highway looking at the city and out to the bays. We met up with the bridge white beans reaching up to meet at a peak reminiscent of a sail and the white boughs of the ship reaching across the bay to connect the two lands. It was a beautiful drive and provided an overview of the expanse of the city. Across the bay we connected to the highways that take you up to Napa and Sonoma. Our first stop – Domaine Chandon.
What better way to start a tour of Napa then with some bubbly? Domaine Chandon is the champagne house of Napa, producing many bottle of sparkling wine year after year in a number of styles and lengths of aging. This was our first stop, with many reasons to be good. Heading into the members section of the tasting room the three of us selected which tasting profile we each wanted. Two of us selected the “Reserve Tasting” while the third of our party had the “Prestige Tasting”. The Reserve tasting consists of the Reserve Blancs de Blancs, Reserve Brut and the Reserve Pinot Noir Rose. The Prestige tasting consisted of the étoile Brut and étoile Rosé. Each half glass of this special elixir provided a new experience to fill the senses. Continue reading