Pairing Wine With My Life's Adventure

REINVENTION: Quit my job in IT, sold my house and moved from Cal to NYC for sommelier classes. GETTING MY HANDS DIRTY: Moved to Napa and worked in a vineyard making wine. TRAVEL: Through France and Italy on a wine scavenger hunt. Sto cambiando la mia vita e desidero imparare circa vino. Je change ma vie et je veux me renseigner sur le vin. TRY TO GET SERIOUS: Living in New York for 4 years and working as a Sommelier. NEW GOALS: Do my own thing, find love, speak Spanish, live wine.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My Big Fat Great Weekend

This is the view from the winery at Joseph Phelps in Spring Valley near St. Helena. I had friends in for the weekend from NYC, SF and LA. ZuZu for tapas in downtown Napa is highly recommended. The food at the Martini House in St. Helena was perfect, the dining room is brilliant and the bar downstairs is beautiful. The service needs a little polish, but it felt so good to be there it really didn't matter. If you love mushrooms this is the place for you because chef Todd Humphries offers a mushroom tasting menu, along with wine pairings if you desire. The preparations and presentations were wonderful and far from boring. That night, for me, Gewurztraminer was going with everything.

Picnic and winery visit to the Dry Creek area of Sonoma was fun, but the poolside sing along of 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' was the weekend's highlight and brought it all home.


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