Napa valley – Wine country
Napa valley is located north of San Francisco Bay Area in California, USA. They are known for their wineries which produces world class wine. This region has more than three hundred wineries and number of grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel are grown here. We stayed in Vallejo and spent our lovely three days around Napa, Vallejo and Calistoga. The locals translate Napa as “you will always return”. Yes, I am sure I will. 🙂
Our trip began with the visit to Robert Mondavi Winery. We had a tour around the vineyard which educated us about the Napa icon, Robert Mondavi and his tremendous growth as a wine maker. It was a vast acre of land growing different varieties of grapes, he brought the initial seeds from Italy. We could pluck and pop in couple of grapes for taste. Some of them were sweet while some were tangy. The tour ended with a wine tasting. Finally we tasted red wine, white wine and dessert wine but I personally liked the white wine and dessert wine. Dessert wine will go extremely well with Indian curries.
We then headed to Calistoga downtown and meandered through the different alleys like a aimless traveler :-). We heard the songs of Elvis Presley from a small restaurant down the road and as we entered we saw a guy dressed up like Elvis and a live band playing behind him. We had a great time enjoying the night life of Calistoga.
The next day, we wanted some more fun and thrill. I am a major amusement park freak. So we headed to Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo and spend the entire day getting baked in the hot sun. The amazing scary rides, dolphin show, Latin festival, great food and much more! We had a blast.