Napa Valley Journals

A few days in the napa valley

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A travel journal to Napa Valley by MichaelJM

Napa Valley Wine Country Photo, Napa Valley, California More Photos
Quote: Of course we've heard, and drunk wines from the Napa Valley, so it seemed highyly appropriate to check out the area whilst in California

Jessup Cellars

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Attraction | "a pleasant and intimate tasting"

Jessup Cellars Photo, Yountville, California
Quote:
We were now leaving the Napa valley and heading towards Sacremento, but as we were having to pass through Yountville we decided to take advantage of the offer of its owner for a final tasting of Napa wines. His was a recent vineyard and Jessup Cellars in on Washington street in Yountville. We introduced ourselves and it appeared as if the front of house people had been prepared for our possible visit. That or they were very good at managing the unexpected!We were guided to a tall table for four and a selection of chesses, breads and other nibbles were brought to the table. Most unexpected but we were soon nibbling on this platter of food and waiting expectedly for our first tasting. There ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2010

Jessup Cellars
6740 Washington Street
Yountville, California 94599
707.944.8523

Sterling Vineyards

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Attraction | "A great place to visit and sample the local wines"

Sterling Vineyards Photo, Calistoga, California
Quote:
We’d been told before we left home that Sterling Vineyards was a stunning visit and we’d now cracked the voucher system and had a two for one offer. This would enable us to have full access to the facilities and pick up a complimentary wine glass on departure. Sterling Vineyards are not too far away on the south east of Calistoga and our only problem was sorting out the protocol when we reached a busy "four-way stop" crossroads. We kinda figured that it went round the junctions with one crossing at each time. No matter what the rule we managed to get across and down the correct route, without anything untoward happening to us. A minor miracle – or so it felt at the time.We ente...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2010

Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Lane
Calistoga, California 94515
(800) 726-6136

Old Faithful Geyser

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Attraction | "Nature's performance - a must see."

Old Faithful Geyser Photo, Calistoga, California
Quote:
We’ve seen old faithful in Iceland, but we felt that this one in California would seem totally different. After all the Icelandic one was surrounded by snow whereas we wer going to see this eruption against clear blue skies. I Iceland we were bundled up in layers to combat the cold whereas here we could watch clad only in shorts and T-shirt.It’s only a short drive away from Calistoga and surprisingly close to the Petrified Forest, which we’d made our first visit of the day. Arriving in good time we pulled in to the roomy car park and we’re surprised that once again we seem to have beaten the crowds. Having paid our admission fee of £10 we first checked out the information centr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 22, 2010

Old Faithful Geyser
1299 Tubbs Lane
Calistoga, California
(707) 942-6463

Petrified Forest

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Attraction | "I've never seen a petrified tree before...."

Petrified Forest Photo, Calistoga, California
Quote:
A few miles north of Calistoga are the "world’s largest petrified trees" and not as I’d first read it the "world’s largest petrified forest". Still as I had never consciously seen a petrified tree before it had to be worth a visit. The centre is open from 9.00 in the morning and we were up earlier enough to be there shortly after opening time. A shrewd move as it happens, because it does get busy throughout the day with large organised bus trips arriving.A notice at the start of the trail indicated that the forest dates back to the "Eocene period and is the only known example of a petrified forest in California> Its size, scope and variety of petrification is unique in the world" It wen...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

Petrified Forest
4100 Petrified Forest Road
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-6667

Napa Valley Wine Country

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Attraction | "What a contrast to the busy streets of san francisco"

Napa Valley Wine Country Photo, Napa Valley, California
Quote:
From our hectic stay in San Francisco we headed out to the much heralded wine region of Napa Valley. I don’t pretend to be a wine connoisseur, but I had sampled the fine wines of this area in the past and we were all excited to inspect it in closer detail. It’s not a long journey from San Francisco, but we weren’t in a hurry and stopped off at a couple of outlet malls on route. The valley is a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of San Francisco and soon the clear blue skies were peeking through the wispy trees that lined art of our route. The towering steeples of local churches thrust skyward and once again the bluest of skies ensured that these crisp white buildings were shown off to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 21, 2010

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