Cam and I snuck away to Napa for two glorious days last week. Nana Bethie was here with us and took care of John Shea so I could take Cam on an early birthday trip. Thank you, Nana!! I started planning this little getaway a few months ago... and it turned out that it couldn't have come at a better time after our recent loss.
We stayed in a little b&b off the Silverado Wine Trail, owned by a very kind and hospitable couple, with only four rooms that opened onto a veranda overlooking the pool & jacuzzi (both of which we used morning and night!) and miles of vines. There was a huge fig tree outside our window, small olive grove, and fruit and citrus trees. The owner also has her own chocolate cookbook and breakfast came straight from it every morning. I cannot think of anyone who would want to start the day like that!? The first night there, with a glass of wine in hand, we walked the surrounding vineyards dreaming outloud about our own vineyard. Now it's a matter of, Lord willing, waiting for that time in our lives, our savings to grow and our prayers to be answered!
We got to meet a handful of vintners from small, family-owned wineries and spent hours with each, drinking their amazing wines and picking their brains. Our absolute favorite was Rowland Cellars. Gerry & Linda were at the B&B one night and we sat out on the veranda with them learning and being inspired. I tried as hard as I could not to let my camera be an extension of my arm so I could just enjoy being with Cam -- and success! -- these are it. I love my husband more than anything in the world. Happy birthday this Thursday to him!!