Thursday, April 12, 2012

wine country - day 2

Hey everyone! Welcome to the second recap post about our anniversary trip!

Saturday was our only rainy day in wine country, but that didn't put a stop to our fun. We grabbed breakfast at Starbucks, bought an extra raincoat at the Target in Napa, and headed to Mumm. The tasting room at Mumm is walled with windows on three sides and overlooks the vines- gorgeous even in the morning rain. We both enjoyed a flight of sparkling wines here. We both really loved the Santana- yep, THAT Santana. The guitar genius joined forces with Mumm to develop his very own bubbly and it is oh-so-yummy. Mumm is also where I stumbled upon my very cute hot air balloon ornament. Fun start to the day!

All of the coasters at Mumm featured fun quotes like this one.

We hopped back in the car and headed on down the road. Next stop- Frog's Leap. This place was another favorite! So so so pretty and "homey". The entire property was gorgeous but my favorite part was the big red barn. We had our tasting in there, upstairs in the loft. The loft had nice adirondack chairs with warm throws/blankets in each one and outdoor heaters. To the side of the sitting area was a wine tasting bar. Very rustic and cozy. The main building on the property was also beautiful, and we met the sweetest cat there camped out by the fireplace. The property is not only a winery, but a full-fledged farm, complete with vegetables and chickens. The whole experience was just so inviting that I told Clint I wanted to move in!

The main house on the property.

Inside the main house.

This was the sweet kitty- Terra. He's got the life!

This was the view down from the barn loft. Look at all that wine.

After a wonderful visit at Frog's Leap, we were famished. We headed to Mustards Grill for lunch, and lemme tell you- the onion rings are TO.DIE.FOR. Following a very satisfying lunch, we headed to Plumpjack Winery. Here we tried both Plumpjack wines and CADE wines, which is like a sister vineyard. Both were very nice wines, and this wrapped up another successful day in wine country.

Our day wasn't quite over, though. We closed things out with another amazing dinner, this time at Bouchon. I love French cuisine! We enjoyed another great local bottle of wine and started with an appetizer of pate. For our main courses, Clint had the esturgeon and I enjoyed the trout almondine. Clint's lamb at Bottega probably won at our first dinner, but my trout won this night. Finally, we enjoyed a delicious pot de chocolat for dessert.

Ready for dinner yet again.

On a side note, I'm not sure how this factors into the daily recap, but I did want to share the resort where we stayed in Sonoma. Definitely recommend it!

Front entrance

Pool and hot tub area

Our cottage- my favorite part was the fireplace!

Cottage #5 - our home away from home!

The more I do these recaps, the more I am ready to go back. I doubt I could convince Mr. M to take a 1.5 year anniversary trip!


mandell said...

I want that dress from Gap SO bad! They never have my size! going to have to break down and pay for shipping I suppose! Also loving that color block dress! You and the hub are too stinkin cute!

Candace said...

Definitely need to take a trip with you - sounds like you guys were busy, and you were a super planner!

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