Unexpected Wine Adventures in Napa

15 Jul Unexpected Wine Adventures in Napa

Recently, I went out to San Jose, CA., for an event. When I found out that Napa Valley was a mere 90-minute drive away, the choice was easy! I canceled my flight and spent a few days sojourning trough Wine Country.

Linkie Marais Visits Auberge du Soleil

Auberge du Soleil

I absolutely loved the drive into Napa Valley because it reminded me so much of the places in South Africa. Auberge du Soleil, which is a restaurant overlooking the valley, was my first stop. I began my meal with a beautiful French Rosé. It was dry and crisp, which was a perfect combination with the tangy olives I ordered. Next, I chose a charcuterie plate with delicious salami, prosciutto and sopressato. After that, I enjoyed a fantastic duck pate with crunchy crostatas, pairing it with a glass of Temparanillo. What a treat! The combination created an earthy, smoky flavor that lingered in on my palate. It was then that I knew I loved Napa!

Linkie Marais Visits Silver Oak

Silver Oak

The next stop was Silver Oak, which turned out to be one of the best vineyards I’ve ever visited! I tasted beautifully bold reds, including a fantastic Cabernet Franc. It had stunning flavors like currants and deep cherries with a chocolaty finish. I highly recommend it!

Afterward, we stopped at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, where I fell in love with their grilled artichokes. The grilled veggies were served with a creamy yogurt dipping sauce and topped with crunchy chorizo and capers. In addition to the delicious entrees, we couldn’t get enough of the quaint backyard ambiance, which was accentuated by beautiful lighting and the fact that there are only a handful of tables for dining al fresco.

Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen Napa Valley

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen

My meander through Wine Country was, once again, scheduled to end, but a mere 75 minutes before my flight, what did I do? Decide to stay in Napa! A little spontaneity never hurt anyone, right? And as a celebration, bubbly was in order. At Domaine Chandon, I sampled so many different champagnes. From dry to sweet to Rosé, I had it all, and I loved it all.

Linkie Marais Visits Castello Di Amorosa

Castello Di Amorosa

Having heard my culinary friends rave about Castello Di Amorosa, I knew stopping in was a must-do. During my visit, I tasted mouthwatering wines, ranging from dry Petit Sirahs to crisp Sauvignon Blancs. My favorite aspect of the visit was taking in the winery’s mesmerizing grounds and rustic castle! I felt like I was somewhere in Tuscany.

I’ll never forget the breathtaking views and tasteful wines I had the pleasure of experiencing in Napa. Follow me on Instagram, @LinkieMarais, to see more of my tasting trip. Until next time, cheers!