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Trip Report Part 2: Napa

cherie | Aug 28, 2012 08:07 AM

So, after leaving San Francisco, we headede to Napa for 1 night at the Carneros Inn. This is a beautiful top notch property, and we loved our short stay here. We visited the nearby Domaine Carneros Winery and enjoyed a flight of a few sparkling wines and one Pinot Noir, along with nuts, cheeses, and a smoked salmon platter. It was all plentiful and delicious, the property is lovely, and the service was very friendly and helpful.

Later, we dined at the Inn's restaurant, Farm. We shared a tuna crudo, which was delicate and super fresh. I absolutely loved my king salmon entree, which was plated with eggplant purée, cherry tomatoes, and pole beans. My husband had the filet, which he enjoyed as well. For dessert we shared an interesting trio of sorbet/ice cream: watermelon sorbet (icy and refreshing), chocolate cardamon ice cream (good flavor but chalky in texture), and corn sorbet (creamy and tasted just like corn). I also had a great glass of Anaba Pinot Noir. A very nice restaurant, for sure. Service was very competent, although we did catch an extra glass of wine on the tab.

Yesterday we moved on to Yountville for 2 nights at Bardessono. Another stunning property, simply beautiful. We had an afternoon tour booked at Jarvis which was fantastic--the winery, the tour, the wines--I honestly cannot imagine topping that experience. We stopped into Darrioush afterwards and tried a little wine. Th property is majestic and pretty and Darrioush has some great wines.

Dinner was at Bottega, which we enjoyed a lot. I started with a very nice grilled octopus and arugula salad, and my husband enjoyed velvety short rib meatballs. My cucumber gimlet was a little sweet despite my instructions to go light on the simple syrup. Our entrees were very good--whole branzini and a tomatoey shellfish soup/stew with prawns, mussels, clam, and calamari, and a decadent crouton topped with aoli. We also drank some really nice Frank Family Chardonnay.

And that brings us up to date. We are having a wonderful time and look forward to continuing our exploration of Napa today/tonight. Stay tuned for supplementation of this thread, if you wish. :)

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