Rise and shine....to a morning wine tasting a Francis Ford Coppola’s Rubicon Estate (www.RubiconEstate.com), located in Rutherford, which boasts more history than any other winery we visited. In addition, it was the most beautiful of all the beautiful properties we saw. Stanley was our chateau tour guide and first took us into the tasting room for the initial history of the estate. With the wine flowing and Stanley’s exceptional story telling, I was in a wine coma by 11:15 AM. And this isn’t just any ordinary wine....we were drinking Mr. Coppola’s pride and joy. The entrance to the caves is as picturesque as vineyards and Mr. Coppola went above and beyond to ensure the estate’s original decor, such as the fountain, remain an integral piece of the landscape. My favorite wine here is the Rubicon, which is the estate’s flagship wine that is primarily made from Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our last Napa meal was at the famed Gott’s Roadside Tray Gourmet (www.GottsRoadside.com), which is popular with the locals and visitors alike. We were greeted by Chef Rick Robinson and Garden Manager Chris Landercasper who took us on a tour of Gott’s new addition - a private garden where they are growing their own fresh-from-the-garden ingredients, such as tomatoes and lettuce. When you drive by Gott’s, you may be quick to dismiss this old-fashioned roadside stand as just another greasy burger joint. But take one look at their menu and you’ll discover Gott’s combines the very best in old-fashioned goodness (shakes, malts, burgers and fries) with a unique new twist (sweet potato fries, ahi tuna burger, white pistachio shake). Plus, add a great beer and wine list, some outdoor tables and Gott’s ensures you will have one awesome, casual dining experience. Rick selected some of his faves to try and we couldn’t put the food down. I loved the Crispy Ahi Poke Tacos and the Bacon Cheeseburger...delicious! And how many milk shakes did I have? Stop by Gott’s and say hi to Rick and Chris when you visit Napa.
It is always sad to leave a Girls Getaway destination, but this one was even more difficult than most. We fell in love with the beautiful Napa Valley scenery, the serenity of the area, the wine tasting (of course), the fresh and delicious food served non stop and the people of Napa who made our trip one that we will never forget. I never thought of Napa as a place where people are connected to the land, but that’s exactly what I found. The people here love the land, the wine making business and producing the highest quality food and wine you will find anywhere in the world. Thank you Napa Valley and Glodow Nead Public Relations for your warm and welcoming hospitality.