After our tour of Hourglass, we drove to the Kenzo Estate (www.KenzoEstate.com), which is located in Napa and about 40 minutes away from Hourglass. Owner Kenzo Tsujimoto, chairman of Japan’s Capcom Group, has a true love of wine and dedication to the art of winemaking. My favorite Kenzo wine was the Murasaki (means purple in Japanese), which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. We were also treated to an amazing lunch that was a beautiful salad from Bouchon Restaurant complete with incredible tomatoes and delicious cheese. The gorgeous view of the winery made lunch even better, and we decided we didn’t want to leave.
Our next stop was our home for the night at The Carneros Inn (www.TheCarnerosInn.com), which is a popular place for Jessica Simpson to stay when she is in the Valley. We drove up the hill to the reception area and were greeted by some of the friendliest valets I’ve ever met. They were so helpful and accommodating, which was great considering we were basically in a food and wine coma our previous two stops. Nestled on 27 acres, Carneros is a luxury resort with a farm-esque feel as the design was to imitate the surrounding apple orchards, vineyards and farm cottages. It was heaven! After a quick tour, we checked into our very own “farm cottage,” that was complete with an indoor/outdoor shower, the BEST bath products I have ever used and the most comfortable bed in the Valley. We arrived at the resort’s on-site fine dining restaurant, FARM for a gastronomical tour of Napa Valley! Chef de Cuisine Ryan Jette delivers amazing food that is made with locally-grown products found no more than 150 miles from Carneros. Everything was incredible, but I am sure I just gained 10 pounds!