Without going into a ton of detail, my loving relationship with Priceline almost came to an end this morning. Thankfully, after a few hours of turmoil, they redeemed themselves (or, I guess I should say, they finally did what they should’ve done from the very beginning of the situation) and all is now right with the world.
Because of my dealings with Priceline on the phone (that took way longer than they should have), and problems catching a trolley (we had several pass us by at max capacity), we got a much later start to our Napa trip than we had hoped. But once we were on the road, it was all good.
Our GPS wanted to take us in the opposite direction of the Golden Gate Bridge (it wanted to take us over the Bay Bridge, actually), but we knew we wanted to drive across the Golden Gate. After overriding our GPS and using a good ol’-fashioned map, we were able to experience the bridge in all of its glory. And, of course, I had to snap a few photos as Michael drove us across:
Once we got into Napa Valley, we kind of lolly-gagged around for a while, sort of driving aimlessly and just checking out the sights. Going off of another blog reader’s recommendation, we decided that our first stop would be at Mumm.
We settled on our “order,” and we were able to taste four champagnes. Wonderful! I thoroughly enjoyed them all. Our waiter actually let us taste a 5th, too… shhhhh! :)
After our tasting, we walked around the grounds a little bit.
Our waiter at Mumm had recommended we visit Sterling, so after our little snack, we decided to check it out. While it was expensive, it did seem to offer quite a bit of bang for our bucks.
We rode the gondola up the mountain and tasted several wines as we guided ourselves through the “self-guided” tour of the winery.
On our way off of the Sterling property, we pulled the car over to take a few more pictures of the scenery:
A few months back, when I asked for Seattle/San Francisco recommendations, my friend, Lesley, told me that her fiance’s uncle owns an Italian restaurant in Napa, and said that if we had the chance, we should eat there. We figured, what the hell? Might as well check it out, right? Plus, we were in the mood for Italian anyway.
And so we plugged the address into our GPS and wound up at Piccolino’s, right in downtown Napa.
Once we were seated, I asked the waiter if the owner was around today. I explained that we had a “family connection,” and he said that he would check, and if the owner was there, he’d send him out to talk to us.
A few minutes later, Joe came by to introduce himself to us, and actually joined us at our table. We talked for quite a bit of time–I’d say at least 10 minutes!–and discussed everything from Lesley and Steve, to Western New York, to careers and how Joe got to be where he is today. It was a nice conversation, and cool to meet someone from “back home” way out here in California. To top it all off, Joe treated us to some complimentary appetizers! Bruschetta, crab cakes and a cup of potato garlic soup–everything was fantastic. We were stuffed before our entrees even came out! I had chicken marsala, and Michael had fettucine with bay shrimp. By the time we were done, I practically had to be rolled out of there. So good! We highly recommend Piccolino’s.
After dinner, it was past 7:00, and it was unfortunately time to bid farewell to Napa and head on back to San Francisco. We had a lovely time, and will hopefully go back some day!
Now that we’re back in the city, it’s time to explore it a bit more. We haven’t really had the opportunity, so we’re looking forward to tomorrow.
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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