Hello Napa Valley

If you’re a serious wine enthusiast, Napa Valley must be a name that really close to your heart. Last weekend, Frederick and I got a chance to revisit Napa. We’ve been here few times back then, however since we moved back to the Bay Area, we just realized that we live closer to Napa than to the city itself. It was a lovely day to be out, so we decided to do a fun trip here.

This time, we got a chance to visit Ristorante Allegria which is located in the heart of downtown Napa, in a 1916 historic landmark. It is also known as America’s Top Italian Restaurant with Excellent Zagat rating. Frankly, it was a random pick since it was an impromptu trip so we didn’t get a chance to make a reservation to one of Michelin star-rated restaurants, plus it had passed lunch time by the time we got there. Once you’re in, you’ll be given a choice to dine in the restaurant or at the patio which has lots of shades during the day. Lovely! I try not to rate the restaurant since this is not a blog about restaurant review, however they have a very good deal when we’re there. For $15.00, you get a choice of appetizer (soup or salad), main course (they gave few options to choose), and dessert. First, we started with caesar salad.

My main course was marinated grilled teriyaki skirt steak with garlic mashed potatoes, house made onion rings, and seasonal vegetables. Frederick’s choice was potato gnocchi al pesto with chicken.

Lastly, we closed with bluberry sorbet, very refreshing. It was a delight and we definitely will come back here. Not too far from downtown Napa, there’s a train station where you can hop in and go on a tour. It’s called wine train. We were there back in 1998…and when we were clueless about wine or winery. So yeah, while people enjoyed their wine or dine, we actually slept in the train! Got to think about it, we were in food coma because the train left after we had lunch…buffet style.

As you can imagine, Napa is so green and has breathtaking views at every turn. It is no doubt that Napa is known as a wine country. Right after sightseeing around downtown area, we decided to pay a short visit to one of the wineries. Boy, there are lots of wineries in each corner of the street, but finally we decided to visit Robert Mondavi. No particular reason for this and it’s purely a random pick. And we’re amazed when we got there.

The view looks so phenomenal and gorgeous. I felt like I was going on the other side of the country. Of course, part of visiting the winery was the tasting room, so there we went. For $20, you can sample 4 wine and my favorite is the sweet wine. So light, sweet and perfect as dessert wine.

Another fun thing in Napa is behind-the-scenes tour of the winemaking magic. They provide few options, whether just a wine making tour or a tour with delicious food pairings. How cool is that? I actually haven’t done this before and would love to try one of these days. I probably should start making another list for Napa trip. But yeah, Napa Valley is your spot to drink in spectacular views. It is definitely heaven on earth.


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