This morning we had to wake up a little on the early side so we could make it to Yountville for our vineyard bike tour. Along the way we stopped at the whole foods to get some breakfast. However, we weren’t loving their breakfast selection so we just got a sandwich. It hit the spot, and had enough protein to get us through the morning.
Originally we had planned to do the bike tour yesterday but decided to move it in hopes of better weather. And boy did that pay off! There were hardly any clouds in the sky! The temperature was a nice 65 degrees. Everything was perfect! We soon met our tour guide, Paul, who fitted us with super stylish helmets and bikes. It had been about 10 years since I rode a bike and even longer since for Laura. So starting out we looked like Bambi on the frozen lake. But after a few blocks we got the hang of it and were rolling like pros.
Our first stop along the way was a Bulgari (I think thats how you spell it). Hopping off our bikes ever so gracefully, we were greeted with glasses of wine. If all bike rides are like this, I will definitely be buying a bike! We then toured the facility a little bit. Admired their large cave where they keep their barrels, and tried a few more of their wines. A nice first stop. Next we took off on the 3 or 4 mile ride to Regussi. This winery was very pretty. The driveway was lined with olive trees and walnut trees. Their wine tasting was also very good! I especially liked their cabernet/merlot blends. Our final stop on the tour was at Monticello. Started by a former government higher-up (I think he worked in security), the campus looked a lot like Jefferson’s Monticello. Again, the wines we tried were very nice.
At last it was time for us to head back to Yountville. We were the only ones in the group doing the half day tour, so we had to find our way back alone. It wasn’t bad at all, just a long stretch of riding. All told, and after google mapping our path, we biked 16 miles. Not a bad day’s work! By now it was about 1:00 and we were getting hungry. Good thing we were in the heart of Yountville. Since it was so nice outside we thought it would be fun to get some sandwiches at a bakery and eat outside. And that’s exactly what we did. But along the way to the sandwich shop, we were sucked into Bouchon Bakery. If you don’t know about Bouchon Bakery, it is one of the best bakeries and pastry shops in the country. There we got a cheese danish (terrific!) and a nutter butter cookie. The nutter butter cookie is about the diameter of a softball. Two super buttery peanut butter cookies filled with sweet and smooth peanut butter. Out of this world good!! Eating out lunch and desserts on a bench in the shade was wonderful. This was the life!
To make life even better at that point, we thought it a good idea to go back to the hotel for a couple hours and take nap. But along the way we stopped at Domaine Chandon, a sparkling wine winery. You can see Chandon wines in many stores across the country. There we split a tasting and soaked in the California sun. By the end of the tasting, we were ready for that nap. Bellies full of sandwiches, desserts, and wine, getting in some afternoon R&R would be no trouble!
For dinner that night we walked into downtown Napa from our hotel to eat at The Bounty Hunter (follow-up post to come). While waiting for our table to be ready we walked around the town a bit. There was an event being held across the street that seemed to be attracting a lot of people. So we checked it out and it was a Tri Tip Cooking contest. There were several teams boasting about their version of the tri-tip while drinking tons of beer and wine. It was a fun crowd for sure! We walked around and tried a few team’s entries. All were really good!!
After dinner we were pretty well exhausted. A great day full of adventure, exercise, food, and fun. Tomorrow is our last day of the trip, but luckily we are taking the red eye home so we can make it a full day.