Bike trip…gotta get some exercise in, Day 3 Napa

We have all resigned ourselves to the fact that we are consuming wine and food at an astonishing rate.  I was calling it the 6000 calorie a day trip.  All well worth it of course until you get home and you can't zip your pants but sometimes you just have to suck it up (no pun intended).

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Our first stop was a drive into Callistoga.  A totally cute town that is definitely a little more mellow than the other towns like Yountville and St. Helena.  We stopped in the Organic & Fair Trade coffee shop for a little boost.  I particularly loved the screen door to enter the shop.

We drove through the neighborhoods, off the main roads to get to Chateau Montelena.  The last time Fred and I were at this vineyard was 20 years ago pretty much to the month. The entire area was so different then.  Less built up and more organic in feel.  We have been back to the Napa area about 4 times over the past 20 years so it is fun and interesting to watch the changes take place. 

Our first time to Chateau Montelena was when I was pregnant with Jessica.  Such a beautiful place.  One of the oldest winerys in the area. 

Love this picture of all the different sizes of wine bottles. Can't say I have ever had an imperial.

We jumped on our bikes and drove to Vincent Arroyo.  A really beautiful simple setting with rocking chairs made out of old wine barrels outside.

Here is Vince giving us the lowdown on the wines.  Yes, a few cases were purchased.  He made the best cabernet balsamic vinegar too.

We probably did a 10 mile drive, not bad.  Home for lunch.  Just pulled whatever we had in the refrigerator.  Some goodies from the farmers market the day before and some leftovers.

A little rest and relaxation before dinner. 

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Rohan

    Coool! Hope you have a super weekend!

  2. Kristinacase

    Love Vince – and his dog! We were in Napa for my last big birthday, and among the highlights (including stumbling upon Vincent Arroyo) was a visit to Kelham Vineyards. Susanna Kelham was a charming hostess and their reds were quite delish. If you still have time, I’d highly recommend a visit!

    1. Gotham Gal

      love the dog. will keep this in mind for next time but might have to pick up some of the reds before that.thanks

  3. Debbie

    I completed a 38 mile ride along the TX gulf coast Saturday, complete with a 15-20 mph headwind.  Sounds like I could do your ride!

    1. Gotham Gal

      anyone would probably do our ride! your ride, not so sure.