Monday, August 30, 2010

Bottle Shock

ChateauMontelenaDSCN0271Have you watched the movie, “Bottle Shock”?  Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena’s 1973 Chardonnay won a blind wine tasting in Paris, France in 1976.  The revelation rocked the wine world.  Highly recommend the movie—very entertaining.  We visited Chateau Montelena today, and it was elegant.  Just like “in the movies”.     Look at the wood doors; they are stunning.  Normally, we do not like the sweetness of a reisling, but after enjoying their wine tasting, we purchased a bottle that was light, refreshing and just a touch of sweet.  Nice.

Can the oak trees get any bigger than here in Napa Valley?  They are enormous and provide welcome shade.  The V. Sattui Winery has a deli, cheese, and wine to buy at the winery and eat outdoors in their beautiful gardens surrounded by aged stone buildings under the shade of twisting, towering oaks.  Yummy panini sandwiches.  Spicy Thai noodle salad.  Tasty red wine.  We did not want to leave; in fact, we lingered there for two hours.

Another lovely day in Napa Valley, but buying all this wine is getting expensive!   We. Must. Stop.

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