Sunday, August 14, 2011

Napa and Sonoma

Napa valley in California is reputed for its great wines and I am definitely convinced by that fact after tasting some of the most delicious wines grown in the region.  Napa was about an hour's drive from Sunnyvale, to avoid wicked traffic of San Francisco we chose to 680, reached Vallejo and reached Napa.  We drove through some beautiful landscapes to reach Aretsa vineyards which offered wine tasting and tours, we settled to just wine tasting and that was the first time I relished some of the very rich Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignons of the region.  The wine tasting costs $15 per person. The landscape was great outside for few clicks, it was lunch time by then.  We drove down to Sonoma town a beautiful Mexicanesque town with a zocalo and historical buildings turned into fine dine restaurants around it.  After a delicious lunch at Swiss hotel, we took a walk in the beautiful neighbourhood around the central square and started driving towards SF.  

Enroute we saw the exit to Muir woods and Stinson beach on CA1,  we diverted towards them and I thoroughly enjoyed the drive.  Unfortunately it was a super overcast day on CA1 and I'm not posting any photos of the drive. 































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