Here's the complete collection of photos from my recent San Fran/Napa trip! While I've been to the Bay Area numerous times over the years, I can always find something new and fresh to discover while revisiting the tried and true. This part of the world never disappoints.
I was out and about in San Francisco this trip, busy meeting with retailers and promoting the Joue brand. I did get a chance to nab a bite here and there, do a bit of shopping plus grab coffee at one of my favorite joints.
I was in Napa Valley over the weekend to attend a charity wine and food event and decided to also hit a few wineries while I was in the area - and do some shopping at Dean & DeLuca. :)
This is one of my favourite wineries in Napa; their Artemis is exquisite.
Fans of cabernet sauvignon will love Chimney Rock, an old favourite of mine. Their 2009 vintage was juicy and delicious, bold but smooth and elegant.
Although I had had their wines before, it was my first time visiting their winery in Napa - and it's quite a stunning property. Gardens are beautifully manicured and there is ample seating outside, should you wish to sample wines surrounded by trees and majestic palms. And this is no ordinary winery that plays on people's senses (i.e., not all marketing) - their wine is pretty phenomenal too. I know for sure my pocket book was much lighter leaving Caymus than when I entered!
Frank Family Vineyards
This family-run vineyard has a ton of stories to tell over the years. The staff there are wonderful people, the wine is fantastic and the grounds? Breathtaking.
HALL Winery Annual Cab Cookoff
The food and wine event I was attending on the weekend was held at Hall Winery, run by a lovely couple. Fifteen chefs from around the valley were competing for the crowd's tastebuds and to raise money for their favourite charities. Each chef selected a charity of choice and all we had to do was sample amazing food.