Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Napa :: Part 1

Hi Friends and Happy Wednesday! I know I promised our Napa pictures last week but with all my work travel, I wasn't able to post them. I hope you will forgive me! Now time to pick up where I left off. Welcome to the Napa leg of our trip! Today's post is solely dedicated to our favorite winery, Schweiger Vineyards
More of our Napa trip to follow today's post...

I want to start by saying Napa and Sonoma are two of the most beautiful regions of the United States. I'm so grateful we had the opportunity to explore this part of the country together. If you ever have the chance to go, please do. The beauty surrounding you in northern California is stunning and I was constantly in awe of God's creations. This is part one of my recap but the pictures below are actually from our last day in the valley. Once I started editing our photos, I ended up drafting this post first. Oops! 

 Our favorite winery was Schweiger Vineyards. Schweiger is a boutique vineyard up on Spring Mountain. If you are familiar with Napa, you go through the valley/St. Helena, hang a left on Elmhurst Avenue to Spring Mountain Road and head up the mountain. If you've never been to Napa and are thinking of going, I 100% recommend going up Spring Mountain. The vineyards are more boutique, less commercial and more personable. We spent most of our time in Napa up on the mountain with just a few stops in the valley. If you are interested in our itinerary, just email me at socialsarablog {at} gmail {dot} com. I'm happy to share my recommendations! 

Back to Schweiger...We actually went there twice and joined the wine club. The folks that own this vineyard are truly some of the nicest people I've ever met in my life. Not only were they welcoming but were also kind enough to share their story and some recommendations for the San Francisco leg of our trip. If you ever find yourself in Napa, please visit this winery and be sure to tell them I sent you. They were absolutely fantastic and the wine is divine! 

 Behind this gate are acres and acres of the finest grapes and the kindest people you'll ever meet...

So let's get started, shall we?

Grapes and rolling hills as far as the eyes can see...

As I mentioned above, we fell in love with this winery. Their reds are to die for! They also make the most interesting Chardonnay. I'm typically not a huge Chard fan but this one was great! It's made like the French make oak. Sometime Chardonnays can be overpowering with their buttery oak finish (in my opinion) but not this one. Without the oak barrel distilling, you can fully experience the grape. So good, y'all! Their Sauvignon Blanc is quite impressive as well. 

 We met the owners, Fred and Sally, and learned more about how they got into the wine business (more on that in the next Napa post). This is their home where they've lived for years even before the winery and where they raised their two children. 

Fred works the winery day in and day out along with his son Andy. We were in Napa during Harvest. As you can see from the picture below, they were right in the middle of harvesting grapes. 

Another look at the Schweiger home...

The next two pictures are of the winery itself. The winery sits above the vineyard providing the most gorgeous views. 

And I'll leave you with yours truly enjoying a glass of wine. Man oh man, I wish I was there right now! 

Cheers, y'all! More on Napa, San Fran and that Greek wedding coming soon. Until then, have a great Wednesday!

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