Galavanting around Napa visiting different wineries and sampling lots of fabulous varietals is basically one of my favorite pastimes.
I hopped up to Napa quite a bit when I lived in the Bay Area, and now I don’t get up there nearly enough. But trust me, when i’m there, I LOVE it!!
Wine tasting is just plain fun. Grab a group of your closest friends and hit the road! Book a wine tour bus so you don’t have to worry about driving, throw on a cute bright and cheerful outfit and hit the road.
This past time I was in Napa, I was fortunate enough to visit 3 amazing wineries. They were each fascinating, but one of my favorites was Round Pond.
Round Pond is a gorgeous winery with a big fabulous estate in the middle. They do by appointment wine tastings and even better, olive oil tasting! Say what? Genius right? The group and I went for lunch and had the opportunity to sample numerous wines, a handful of olive oils, handmade vinegars, and citrus infused syrups that would make you beg for more.
It was the picture perfect winery. Lunch was a bed of fresh grown greens from the Round Pond farm, topped with various vegetables, cold cuts, cheese and then I made a vinaigrette out of their meyer lemon olive oil and their signature Red Wine Vinegar.
It was light, simple and perfect. A great compliment to our wines. And then it was all tied up with a perfect piece of cake drizzled with a combination of their house made syrups. Heck yes.
I’d love to take my girlfriends back for a fun girls weekend. Or my soon to be husband! But trust me when I tell ya, this is one winery that is not to be missed while you are in Napa!
And don’t forget… there’s still time to enter the HHonors Ticket to Dine from Seven Tickets to Your Paradise Sweepstakes, and check out some fabulous wineries! It’s easy, head over to Hilton’s promo page and enter. The contest runs through August 31, 2012. Official rules available here.
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