The Traveling Steve's

Labor Day in Wine Country

Today is Labor Day, and unfortunately we have to head home from our weekend trip to Napa.  We slept in a bit and had another delicious breakfast at the Hyatt Andaz Hotel, before checking out.


As our flight home to Orlando from Sacramento wasn’t until 7pm, we had the full day to explore on our own.  We decided to go to the Burgess Winery, a recommendation we got from our tour guide Armey on our Platypus Tour yesterday.  This winery was quite a bit off the beaten path as you drive up the winding roads on Howell Mountain to get there.  After we arrived and DOS backed our oversized white SUV into the tiny parking lot,  we parked, and then enjoyed the incredible views before going into the tasting room.DSC03340 DSC03339 DSC03336


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Once inside, we had a semi private tasting with one other couple.  This small family winery had a rustic setting, scattered among barrels, tasting bar, and a several cute accessories. DSC03328 DSC03326

IMG_4963We were served by a delightful tasting room host who had a bubbly personality as well as great sense of humor and knowledge of the winery and area. As DOS was the designated driver, he just had a sip of my vino, and we ended up finishing our wine collection purchases with six bottles to take home.

IMG_4973 IMG_4969 IMG_4976We joked with our wine tasting host about the retro form she used when filling out our order. The nostalgic looking order form that carbon-copies your receipt, and slides up and out for the customer copy seemed like something from the 70s!  Very cute, and we all had a good laugh!IMG_4979After leaving Burgess, we headed back towards Sacramento Airport, but made one last stop for lunch at Auberge du Soleil bistro for lunch.  This ultra-upscale resort and spa offers over the top luxury (and prices to match) but we had a wonderful lunch with views from the Terrace patio.  We couldn’t get lunch reservations at the adjacent restaurant, however the Bistro does not take reservations, so fortunately we had only a short 15 minute wait to get seated, while we sat in the bar area. IMG_4993 IMG_4992

DOS had a delicious pasta dish while I had an over-sized burger with all the trimmings. As we were in wine country I had a small carafe of the Rutherford Ranch red wine.  DOS was driving so he only had water, but did have a small taste from my carafe.  We were seated under an umbrella, (sort of, i.e. partially) and it was quite sunny, but we had an awesome view of the valley below, including their fancy pool area and accommodations, not to mention the vineyards and even the Silverado Trail in the distance.  It was a wonderful finish to a wonderful weekend in Napa.

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While we waited briefly for our car (via the valet-only parking), DOS bought me a nice $10 Auberge du Soleil cap for only $40!   $40 for a cap – no wonder the rooms start at $1,700 a night!

Anyway, we had a wonderful and relaxing lunch, and then drove a couple hours to Sacramento airport.  After checking and going thru security, we had a comfortable couple hours before our flight to Phoenix, (connecting to Orlando), so we relaxed in the airport wine bar Vino Volo IMG_5048for one last taste of vino before leaving wine country.  As we weren’t driving and had an overnight flight (PHX to MCO portion) we had a nice red wine pairing with a cheese and charcuterie platter.IMG_5049IMG_5052 IMG_5051 IMG_5050  After finishing our tastings and nibbles at Vino Volo, we  boarded our USAirways flight to Phoenix and were headed home, arriving in the early morning.IMG_5056 IMG_5324And ‘Twas a wonderful Labor Day weekend trip to Napa!


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