Getting ready for New Year’s Eve dinner and fireworks in Old Sacramento. Then I go to work. This is my Friday. I’m happy I get to spend the last hours of 2007 and the first hour of 2008 with my hubby.
The concept of a White Christmas is overrated. We enjoyed beautiful sunny weather for the holiday. I figured Napa would be a nice place to spend Christmas Eve. We drove around the valley and checked out a few spots still open for wine tasting. These are the wine barrels at Grgich.
Several winery spots closed early for the holiday. We got lucky with Grgich and we saw that business was bumping on Christmas Eve. Folks at Grgich Hills say they’re known for organic and biodynamic wines. It’s suppose to be better for the environment and the vines. I suppose that translates to the flavor of their vintages.
Our wine tasting was nice — some bottles about average. I also hated the sweet, syrupy flavor of the Rose. But I think that’s true with most Roses on my palate. However, our server decided to make this tasting a free…so we love Grgich!
We also stopped by the Alpha Omega Winery. It’s been around for a year and they’re still building a bunch of stuff. Our server was fun and witty. He tried to pedal another Rose to me and I still didn’t dig the sweet, syrupy notes. Still, we also tasted a lot of potential in the other vintages offered by this new winery.
Our last stop was at Peju. This is our second trip to this Napa winery. We had a blast at this place! We met a super-nice couple from Dallas who fell in love with Peju wine. In fact, they asked our server for the most expensive wine in the house. He brought out a Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 bottle — ringing in ’round $150. The couple bought it and insisted we help them drink it. It was like drinking liquid heaven. We finished up that bottle and opened up another Cab, 2002 vintage. Supposedly, that’s Peju’s best year. It was another tasty vintage.