In 2012, Tommy and I were doing the long-distance relationship thing. We did a lot of texting, e-mails, phone calls, and FaceTime. And when we could, we traveled to see each other. Sometimes he’d come to visit me in Florida. I went to DC for a weekend to see him. And in September of 2012, we both flew out to California to spend several days in San Francisco and Napa.
Tommy had been to the area before, but I hadn’t, so in San Francisco, he indulged me in the typical tourist-y stuff that he’d already done: a walk over the Golden Gate bridge, a drive down crazy Lombard Street, fortune cookies hot off the press in China Town, a visit to the Ferry Building, a sunset catamaran ride, and saying hello to the sea lions at Pier 39.
After a day in San Francisco, we headed to wine country! Tommy is a bit of a wine connoisseur, so this wasn’t his first trip to Napa/Sonoma. We started off by going to the Del Dotto wine caves for a tour and tasting. For my first time in Napa, (my first time at any winery, really!) this was fascinating, but also a little intimidating. It was a great tour, though. We walked through the candlelit wine caves and tasted right out of the barrels!
We also visited Sterling, Peju, Domaine Carneros, Gloria Ferrer, and Viansa. We were only there for a few days, so we didn’t visit a ton of wineries, but we definitely enjoyed each of our stops. We love the view from the patio (and the sangiovese!) at Viansa, so we stopped by there on our second visit in 2014, as well. It’s so relaxing to sit, sip, and watch the planes take off and land out past the vineyard.
EAT: Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
DO: Adventure Cat Sailing Charters