Well, we’re back and are still adjusting to the time change, plus the missing day due to the Monday holiday, and finally, I’m in carb withdrawal as I started the South Beach diet. (It’s like I’m in drug withdrawal from sugar! Shakes, nausea, headaches … ugh!)
Photos will be up soon. For some reason, all my files aren’t loading, but I’m working on it. Been working on it all day.
Update: Photos are up! http://www.kevinandshel.com , select Photo Albums from the menu or go directly to the Napa/San Francisco photo album. As for the South Beach Diet, I’ve decided to cut back on carbs this week – severely but not completely – and then go completely on the diet next week. Since I didn’t seem to be handling the carb withdrawal very well (I caved and had crackers today), I thought I’d ease myself off of carbs instead.
Hello! I can’t post photos today, as my bag o’ cables and cords is elsewhere. However, I’ll eventually have several hundred photos from this trip online. By the end of the week, probably. I sunburnt my nose something awful on "Clinton Monday" as I was unexpectedly outside (I assumed it would be inside, silly me) and it has blistered and is attempting to heal. In the midst of putting moisturizer on my face to quell the sunburn, I managed to break out like a pre-teen everywhere but my nose, and I currently look something like a red-headed bride of Frankenstein. Very embarrassing. Make-up makes it worse. Ugh! Okay, now that my vanity rant is out of the way …
Wine country is gorgeous. We sped through Napa in a limo with 2 other couples on Friday. We visited 5 vineyards – small to large. We bought 5 bottles of wine. I was forewarned that V. Sattui wasn’t very good, but we found if you ask the right questions you end up tasting not only their awful stuff (and it is truly awful) but their reserve stuff (which isn’t awful). (At a later date, I did learn that this stuff is truly awful.) At other vineyards, such as Coppola and Beringer, we went right for the more expensive reserve tastings, as we discovered that you can split the tasting (the pours are very liberal) and you get much more personalized service. Plus, even though we would just pay for one tasting, they’d usually end up giving us two glasses anyway, just because everyone is so nice. I don’t think Coppola or Beringer would have been as interesting if we hadn’t gone for the reserve. Saturday we started in Napa, at Domaine Chandon, which is beautiful, and then drove to Sonoma where we joined the Gundlach-Bundschu wine club. We fell in love with this vineyard a month or so ago, and were thrilled to visit and tour the wine caves. We like not only the wine, but the attitude. They’re just plain fun. They once "held up" the Napa Valley wine train and made the occupants drink Sonoma wine. I like that attitude! From there, we drove to Ravenswood, where we had a delicious BBQ lunch (Bobby Flay has visited their BBQ pit) and visited with Milton, the giant winery cat. We tasted there too, but we managed to only buy BBQ sauce.
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