Food & Wine Pairing
Take the food and wine tour at the Robert Sinskey Vineyards. This has always been a favorite spot of ours. Too bad they closed their picnic area to visitors. We used to love to sit on the patio area across from the vineyards enjoying the view and our lunch with a glass of the Sinskey Pinot Blanc. For visitors to wine country looking for something beyond the normal tasting room experience, try the tour at this winery. This tour starts at 11 am daily and leads visitors through the culinary gardens, the cellar and cave, ending with a seated food and wine pairing produced from the Robert Sinskey Vineyard Kitchen. These appetizers are enough to tide you over until dinner. The tour lasts 90 minutes and is by appointment only. The cost is $60 per person.
Take in one of the famous Robert Mondavi summer concerts.
Robert Mondavi Winery has just confirmed its full list of performers for the 2011 Summer Music Festival. The festival begins July 2 with Gavin DeGraw at the Napa Valley winery. This will be the 43rd summer for this wonderful concert series that helps support the arts in the Napa Valley. There are five concert dates, all on Saturday evenings beginning at 7 pm. You can choose from a variety of seating arrangements. It is a fun and special experience to be part of one of these evening concerts.
Take an ATV buggy ride
We did this a couple of week ago at the Somerston Vineyard ranch off Sage Canyon Road. This is spectacular wine country and the ride will take you through some of the Napa Valley’s hidden wine country. On our ride we saw all types of wildlife, visited natural underground and bubbling soda springs, and saw great vistas of hillside vineyards. The winery is just about to open its tasting room at the ranch but is still offering ATV tours and a tasting experience on the picnic area. It is about a 30-minute ride from the Silverado Trail. Check the winery’s website for booking one of these really fun and exciting tours.
Just in from Domain Chandon – Chandon Brut Mojito Recipe
You don’t have to be in wine country to enjoy this refreshing and tasty summer cocktail.
2oz Chandon Brut Classic
1oz 10 Cane Rum
½ oz simple syrup
7-10 mint leaves
Juice from a quarter of a lime
Directions: In a cocktail shaker, muddle mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice. Add rum and shake with ice. Strain into glass filled with ice. Top with Chandon Brut Classic and stir. Garnish with mint sprig.
By the way, the Domain Chandon Brut Classic is on sale at BevMo May 24 to May 30 for $11.99