day two in napa
Exercise was essential as we were pretty sure the ridiculous consumption of food and alcohol was in our future. We went out for a walk before the days activities. It is so damn beautiful here. This is the vineyard we are basically staying in. They are in the height of picking right now.
Our afternoon activity was amazing. We went on the Secret Garden Tour. This is Ryan Hill and his godfather Peter Jacobsen. Peter and his wife Gwenny run a small organic farm that provides many of the vegetables and herbs for French Laundry, Bouchon and others. Ryan is the part of the Hill family who has been in Yountville for four generations growing applies, cherries and prunes and now grapes where they produce their own wines. Peter is a dentist during the week in SF with his wife and works the farm on the weekends. Both Ryan and Peter were just wonderful people opening up their lives to us it was obvious how much they love what they do.
This was the coolest part. We ate small blossoms of certain plants that would create the most powerful punch in your mouth. Ryan gave all of us a completely different appreciation for places like French Laundry. In my hand here are 3 different parts of a rosemary plant. The first is a flower which has one taste, the holder of the flower which actually had the most intense delicious rosemary taste and the last being the piece of rosemary we are all used to. That was the least interesting flavor of the group yet to harvest a small flower or holder is no easy task and is expensive to do.