birthday weekend in wine country

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A week ago right now, Evan and I were making the short drive to wine country. We headed to Yountville, St. Helena and Napa for my birthday. The warm weather, peaceful communities and beautiful scenery had me wishing we lived just north of the the land of wine!

But alas, we live in San Francisco (which is pretty darn amazing!), so weekend trips to wine country will have to do for now!

Our first stop was Yountville...specifically Bouchon Bakery!

While I very much wanted to start the day with a cupcake (how cute are those shamrocks?!), we decided to share a pastry and a slice of quiche.

I chose the Chocolate Almond Croissant, and Evan picked out the Mushroom & Greens Quiche (made with greens from The French Laundry's garden!). The quiche literally just melted in your mouth. It was the best egg dish I've ever had! And the croissant? Well, that, too, was heaven on earth. 

We each picked out a macaroon. Evan chose Raspberry, and I went with Birthday Cake! They actually just debuted the Birthday Cake flavor the week before we visited. Coincidence? I think not!

We took a walk around Yountville and stumbled upon The French Laundry.

This is the closest we're ever going to get to this restaurant (well, and tasting the greens from their garden in our quiche!). A girl can dream though, right?!

After walking around Yountville, we started our winery hop.

First up was Robert Sinskey

They actually pair small bites with the wine. It was nice to see how each wine paired with different food flavors. The roasted almonds with rosemary were my favorite!

ZD Wines was the next stop. Check out those beautiful flowers (and my caught-off-guard, beautiful husband!). :) I didn't take any pictures of the tasting at ZD Wines, but it was one of our favorites of the day. The pourer was so wonderful, and we had a great conversation with him during the tasting.

We knew we wanted to do an olive oil tasting, so we worked that into the schedule.

We tried Long Meadow Ranch's olive oil -- they have two varieties. Both were delicious, but we actually liked the cheaper one the best (yay for that!). The Napa Valley Select EVOO was quite peppery, and we really like how it provided a tickle on the back of our throats (which very fresh olive oil will do!). We ended up purchasing a bottle of it.

We really enjoyed Luna Vineyards and the tasting there. They had a beautiful tasting room, and the 2011 Pinot Grigio was quite refreshing! We really enjoyed the 2011 Sangiovese as well.

We were having so much, we decided to stay the night in Napa. We used Hotel Tonight, an app that provides great deals on hotels at noon each day. We stayed at the Silverado Resort and, minus the palm trees, it reminded us of a southern plantation! 

It was such a great weekend! I feel so blessed that we live so close to wine country. More importantly, I feel so blessed to have such a thoughtful, caring husband -- it was a lovely birthday weekend!


  1. Not sure if I ever wished you Happy Birthday, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    We only seem to get to Wine Country about once a year - how sad is that? But I do love it up there. So beautiful.

    We also make a Bouchon stop - the macaroons are to die for. A few years ago, we had this super cool opportunity to dine at the French Laundry with my old company. I'm a super picky eater, so I wasn't really a fan...but the dessert was provided by Bouchon and so amazing.

  2. Happy Birthday, Courtney!
    I've not been as engaged with the blogging world as I once was, but you are a dear, beautiful-hearted blogging friend. I'm so glad to have "met" you and I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!

  3. happy bday! so glad you had fun...wish we could steal away to napa for the weekend! next time you must visit scribe winery!!


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