Monday, January 24, 2011

Napa & Castello di Amorosa

So my Napa trip was good.   Actually, I can't believe I'm posting so soon after my trip - usually I'm weeks behind!

The first couple of shots were taken on the 6-1/2 drive up the 5 fwy.   There were so many photo ops and of course I was more than a little annoyed that I couldn't stop traffic on the freeway to shoot!   I did pull over a couple of times though...

Thanks to Cathy Buck (Cameo Cinema) and Rodney Vance, I was lucky enough to get a private tour of Castello di Amorosa - a 13th century, 107 room, Tuscan style Castle and Winery (owned by Dario Sattui who also owns V. Sattui Winery).   The castle is beautiful - check it out here.

The walking tour is followed by a tasting of their handcrafted Italian style wines.   Here are a few of my favorites...

Red: Sangiovese
Reserve: La Castellana (Super Tuscan Blend) ***and by far my favorite!
Sweet: Il Raggio Del Sole (Muscat Canelli)

Got any favorites you would recommend?

This sheep (an ewe maybe???) is cracking me up!   They were all just walking along when this one decided to stop and stare.   Probably waiting to see if I was going to get hit by the 18-wheelers that were whizzing by...

This "caution" sign was sitting just outside this orchard...   Which of course in my mind means go right in :-)

No grapes on the vines quite yet...   But plenty of mustard flowers!   The shot on the left was taken from inside the castle.  I was up in one of those tower thingys (like Rapunzel)!

 The sky was amazing that day - just the perfect shade of blue.   The stone work on the castle is extraordinary!

Our tour guide gave us so many interesting tid-bits about the interior details of the castle  - none of which I can remember :-(

From barrel to bottle...   We're actually pretty far underground in these shots.  I think she said there were over 4000 barrels of wine down there...


  1. Love it! These photos are so beautiful! - mary

  2. I love these - especially the wine barrels and that gorgeous door. Makes me think there's something special going on behind it.

  3. Looks like you had a great trip KK! I don't know much about wine, but the pics are gorgeous. That sconce is really scary :-)

  4. karen- such pretty images!!! amazing! i can't believe you do this on top of your day job! now, you are amazing!

  5. Hi Mary - thank you!

    Hey Lor Lor - I know isn't that door incredible! The photo barely does it justice... Apparently - back in the day - only royalty of wealth were allowed into that room... hmmm...

    Melissa - thank you! Yeah - I agree about the sconce.

    Rubyellen! - I'm so glad you stopped by! I just adore your blog. Believe me - I was asking the same question about you... How you do all that you do with 3 kids, a husband and a household to run! Yikes! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Hey KK
    Karen I'm telling you ,you are out doing yourself on every photo you take, each one is more detailed and more colorful than the last, I think the sheep was posing for the shot you took of him, he knew you would be posting it on your blog.
    Love Mommy


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