We had the privilege of visiting Napa Valley, California today. I vividly remember the wine bottles from Napa Valley lined up in supermarkets in Singapore not too long ago. So, this is what Napa Valley looks like. Endless rows of vibrant vineyards in all shades of orange, red and yellow. Perfect views for a nice photoshoot I’d say.
After paying just 7 US dollars each, we were treated to a wicked concoction of 6 different glasses of wines. By the time it was over, it felt more like we had 8 glasses in total. Or maybe, I was just kind of blissfully buzzed. The wine expert chatted with us non-stop and was highly successful in cracking random jokes that made us laugh every few seconds. Or maybe, we were just happily buzzed. Anyway, the most important thing- the wines were absolutely delicious. My favourite was Angelica -a historic sweet fortified wine made typically from the Mission grape. It is often served as a dessert wine. I loved everything about it…apart from its liquid gold syrupy taste, the name Angelica just sounded so delicately divine. Just thinking about it puts me in such a drifty mood. You can read more about the process of brewing Angelica and what goes into it in this interview with Marco Cappelli who earned his winemaking reputation during the 17 years he spent in the Napa Valley at Swanson Vineyards, where he was the first winemaker.
It wasn’t too long before the people, sights and bottles liquidized into a magic potion. After that treat, we proceeded to the garden vista for some fresh olive bread and garlic mushrooms.
I highly recommend Napa Valley for anyone in love with wine or divine views!
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
― Paulo Coelho