• Vicky

Napa Valley

Updated: Apr 6, 2020

On our way back to San Francisco we had made plans to spend one night in wine country. After our time at the vineyards in South Africa, we knew Napa would be worth the stop.

After much deliberation we decided to make late lunch reservations at Farmstead, Long Meadow Ranch. It's a good job we did make late reservations, as the drive from Lake Tahoe took a lot longer than expected due to really heavy snow, but we arrived at the ranch just on time.

The heavens opened just as we arrived, so we dove into the farmhouse for lunch. The crab sandwich was truly mouthwatering, but they change the menu up regularly, so ask if they have any fresh specials too! I opted to partner it with their home grown Farmstead Napa Valley Chardonnay, which was light and refreshing.

After we'd finished eating, sunshine broke through and we wandered around the grounds.

The general store is a great place to pick up gifts to take home (they make their own olive oil and soaps), and also offers wine tasting too.

We decided to sit out in the Californian sunshine and soak up some rays.

We'd definitely recommend Long Meadow Ranch as a stop on your wine country trail.

After lunch we checked into our hotel in Sonoma, and after freshening up headed out to Sonoma Plaza. Girl and the Fig is a really really nice French Bar and Restaurant that George picked out. With a wine menu longer than some novels I've read, it's easy to get overwhelmed. So I went for an old favourite and chose the Rosé, a lovely little Californian blush number.

After a dinner of the best French fries I've ever had, we walked down the road to Sigh. A low-key modern affair specialising in the good stuff, and by 'the good stuff" I obviously mean bubbles.

We opted for a 'dealers choice' flight and were not disappointed. Wine tasting flights are a great opportunity to taste an excellent selection of wines. Our only request was that at least a few of them were Californian (when in Rome and all that).

We enjoyed sips of some of the best fizz from across the globe, from Californian pink bubbles from the Anderson Valley, to crisp Champagne from Reims. A great start to a weekend in San Francisco.

"Come quickly, I am tasting the stars!" - Dom Perignon

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