Today we switched from cheese to wine. The first winery we went to was Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, CA (located in Napa Valley). The first picture is of the winery. We quickly found we were in over our heads when we noticed that the wines that were for sale from the wine tasting were $50 and $100 a bottle. So….quick walk around the grounds and on to the next one.
Our next stop was Castello di Aramosa. The rest of the pictures are from there. The castle is the pet project of 4th generation vintner, Dario Sattui. He wanted to build an authentically-styled, 13th century, Tuscan castle and winery. The masonry, ironwork and woodwork were fashioned by hand using old world crafting techniques. We did the wine tasting here and got to try 10 different wines. (on an empty stomach so we were feeling real good after that). We managed to get out of there with only 3 bottles of wine, although it was tough to narrow it down to that – all the wine was very good.
After that we went to get something to eat at Gott’s Roadside in St. Helena. We were on our way somewhere else and saw this place. It was 2:00 in the afternoon and it was packed. It is a good old-fashioned burger place and it was very good. What the heck, we had all that wine to clear out the fat from our lunch.
We did halt the wine for the day, but not the samples. We walked around St. Helena and sampled olive oils, balsamic vinegars, mustards and tapenades. We love this place – samples, samples every where.