I like this map of the area from winetrain.com. We began or day starting from the lower part of the map. We drove in a clockwise direction first stopping in Yountville. Then we went to the Robert Mondavi Vineyard for a tour. And we made a stop in St. Helena before heading just north of St. Helena on Highway 29 before heading east for a few miles. Then we drove south through the valley on Silverado Trail to see that side of the valley.
Elena gave us some great tips of where to stop and what to see. We began our day at the renowned Bouchon Bakery for some coffee and pastries. And people watching.
Betty Jo Marsh.
Then back to the Robert Mondavi Winery.
What a great tour! At $30 a little pricey but worth every penny. Bill was our guide. He really knew his stuff and made it fun and very interesting.
Robert Mondavi began his vineyard in 1966 and traveled to Italy and through Europe to learn from the best. He brought that knowledge back to Napa Valley and shared it will all the other vineyard owners hoping that the valley would become a world class source of top notch wine. He got his wish.
Then into the building where the grapes are crushed and processed and put into large and not so large French Oak barrels.
Then on into the private dining room for some wine tasting.
Then on to 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve, Carneros. The writeup says, "Aged 12 months in new French barrels, this silkey wine has aromas of baking spices and red cherry." Retail: $60/bottle.
And another - 2010 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. "The wine mixes power with elegance, as aromas of blackberry, roasted herb and graphite mingle with supple tannins." Retail: $90/bottle.
Well I gotta say, after all that - This Place was a Hoot! I am a very casual 'Two Buck Chuck" kind of guy so this was foreign territory to say the least! But it was interesting and fun! It was an hour and a half well spent!
After the winery tour, we stopped in St. Elena and found the 'house' where Elena grew up.
It was getting late in the afternoon, so we headed east across the valley and drove down the Silverado Trail.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles! Until next time...