Thursday, July 7, 2011

West Coast Road Trip: Napa Valley Part 2

We had a great time staying with Zach's Grandma, Mary in Napa. It was my first time in Napa and I've already vowed to come back for a long weekend. With San Francisco so close, it could easily turn in to a week long trip.

Thursday Mary graciously drove us around the Napa Valley so we could see the hundreds of wineries and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It really is a beautiful place! The valley is filled with green from the vineyards; I loved seeing all the green instead of brown everywhere! 

We did stop by one winery - the Castello di Amorosa. It's this huge castle and winery up on the hill with a view of the valley. So beautiful! Apparently, they shipped over the castle stones from Italy and re-built the castle in the Napa Valley. It's complete with sheep, a couple peacocks, gargoyles, a draw bridge and even a moat.

We also stopped by the Robert Mondavi winery to pick up some of Zach's Dad's favorite wine. 

I guess to judge the water level in the vineyards, they plant a rose bush at the end of each row. Smart.

I can't wait to come back to the Napa Valley and explore a bit more. Thanks for showing us around, Mary!

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