09.18.15 Napa Valley wine country

Friday, September 18, 2015 – On Tuesday we followed up our Jelly Belly Jelly wpid-20150915_134158.jpgBean and In-N-Out Burger adventure with a trip to the Napa Valley.

After doing a lot of research and getting input from friends about wineries in this area we chose to go to Mumm Napa winery for a tour and tastings.  Most if not all of the wineries use to offer free tours and tastings.  Now, few have tours and all charge for tastings.   That’s why we reduced the number of wineries to visit from three to one!

Mumm Napa is located on the Silverado Trail which is one of two highways running through the Napa Valley.  We saw many wineries and vineyards as we drove up the Trail to the vineyard.  Beautiful fields of grape vines lined the highway both coming to Mumm Valley on the Silverado Trail and going home down Highway 29.

wpid-20150915_134457.jpgI am very thankful we got to go see this beautiful area which exists because of the perfect climate there to grow grapes. Defined by mountain ranges and influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the Napa Valley enjoys a dry Mediterranean climate perfectly suited to the growing of fine wine grapes. Only 2% of the earth’s surface is covered by a Mediterranean climate.  The long growing season is marked by sunny, warm and dry days followed by cool evenings, an ideal combination for allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.  Configuration of hills, exposure and elevation all work to create distinct growing conditions within the Napa Valley.

Mumm Napa is a beautiful facility with indoor and outdoor wine tasting areas.  It also has an art exhibit area which we enjoyed while waiting for the tour to start.  Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and share a lot with us about the history of Mumm Napa and the process they go through to create their sparkling wines.

We tasted four of their sparkling wines throughout the tour and were given a wine flute to enjoy it in and to take home.  It was a good thing we filled up at In-N-Out Burger since four flutes of wine in an hour was way more than we’re use to having!  I won’t begin to try to explain the process as we learned it but will share with you these pictures taken throughout the day.

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The resort we are staying at is on a peninsula between two bays which makes for a beautiful ride going and coming from here.  We’ve seen what looks to be blackberry bushes all along the side of the roads.  Today we went out and stopped at those bushes and they are blackberries.  I’ll be bringing my buckets and bags all along those bushes to get more blackberries while the getting is good.

We are going into San Francisco tomorrow to see more of the city.  Hopefully this trip to San Francisco won’t be filled with all the timing problems we experienced the first time.  We are driving in our truck so hopefully all will go well!

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