Saturday – Feb. 8, 2014 – Tastings

Vintage Sweet Shop Chocolate tasting – Sat. Feb 8, 2014

A very small store located in Downtown Napa in the historic Napa Mill, it will be something that you should do when you visit Napa. Tasting rich beautiful wines with exquisite artisan chocolate, it’s a great way to experience a party in your mouth.

One of their signature products are chocolate covered wine bottles, so you can drink the wine and eat the chocolate right off the bottle at the same time.

It’s worth the tasting fee; you will get a once in a lifetime chance to know about the pleasures of chocolate and wine.

I am not going to tell you everything you will experience, I’m just saying go to this wonderful tasting and be fully surprised!

Vintage Sweet Shop
530 Main St. Napa CA 94559

St. Claire Brown Winery and Lunch – Sat. Feb. 8, 2014

The day I went for my tasting it was pouring rain and their glass greenhouse was not available for my tasting. Instead, they had me in their warehouse and did a nice organic inspired lunch.

The wines are truly one of a kind, each with great local fruit and lovely inspired winemaking.

There was so much attention on my tasting with both the owners, then in pops a surprise celebrity guest, California Attorney General, Kamala Harris. She is as inquisitive as she is smart and beautiful; we had fun comparing wine and social notes.

Here are the wine tasting of the day:
2010 Chardonnay, Coombsville, Napa Valley

2010 Rose of Syrah, Napa Valley

2010 Zinfandel, Napa Valley

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Every wine is really got a story, but I don’t want to give you too much information on all of this, just go there and taste for yourself. There are so many different characteristics in each wine, and some much love in each bottle, this is one of my best wine tasting experiences.

The food was great too:

Roasted Almonds with cumin and Meyer’s lemon. I just could not stop eating this great combination of flavors.

Hummus with organic chickpeas, peanut, lemon zest and Meyer lemon olive oil, served with Model Bakery demi-baguette. The hummus was very soothing, not with a lot of garlic or lemon flavors, just real good chickpeas.

Farro and Rancho Gordo Red Quinoa Salad with ose pickled radish, pinot grigio soaked raisins, garden greens, and carrot ginger vinaigrette. Talk about your super food, this salad has it all, I felt like super woman after I ate it.

Pork Rillette with fig, apricot compote. The flavors are very subtle, but paired with the Zinfandel it rocked my world. Chef Norma Whitt really knows her stuff!

If you’re looking for something a little bit different and not too much out of town, then St. Clair Brown Winery is the place for you. They are in the process of building a restaurant out of their warehouse space as we speak, so expansion will be happening very soon. For now, I liked the peacefulness of this boutique winery and the two women who run it; Elaine St. Clair and Laina Brown. Oh did I mention that the real star of this show is their killer wine!

St. Clair Brown Winery
1601 Action Ave, Napa ·
(707) 255-5591

Uncorked Tasting – Sat. Feb. 8, 2014

Celeste Parducci and her husband Bruce also own this. As a hotel guest they give you a free pass for two people to taste their spectacular wines, and well as a bottle of wine for you to take home, nice right!

Their wine is exquisite; the wine bar is unpretentious, which makes for a comfy experience. The best price point is the Carducci Rose, which is only $20.00, so you can easy drink this elegant affordable wine.

The interior is a great place to have an event; it is light and airy, with a long tasting bar. You could schedule a girl’s day out and make this apart of your adventure, toasting with Carducci, Ahnfedt, and Provacative, nice assortment of wine. It I located right across the street from the Oxbow Public Market, which has some fantastic wines and artisan food shops. So my advice, make a lunch out of the yummy foods at the Oxbow Public Market, walk across the street to Uncorked, purchase a bottle of wine and then go have a picnic!

Uncorked at Oxbow
605 First St., Napa, CA,


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