Nestled in the eastern mountains of the Napa Valley the waters flow out of the deep cliffs of the Stags Leap hillside and provide the nourishment for Quixote wines. In the center of the hillside is a wild and magical group of buildings designed by the famous artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
For the lucky few who live in the Napa Valley, the experience of tasting wine and discussing its properties is simply a part of every day. For the first time visitors to the valley, the experience of wine tasting can be rather daunting, as the number of tasting options is overwhelming and the variety of flavors and smells is impossible to track. Often the expert pouring wine refers to the wine having hints of chocolate, berries, fruits, spices or other exotic qualities. Your first response may be to dismiss this descriptive language as just part of the presentation and not a well-developed part of the wine industry. However, it is important to open the sense of smell and taste to a complex range of expressions in the different varieties of wine.
The Napa Valley is renowned as being a perfect destination for a holiday filled with expansive views of vineyard-covered hillsides, luxurious hotels, and a food and wine movement that has inspired visitors from all over the world. The visitor to the Napa Valley is often overwhelmed with the selection of the perfect romantic hotel combined with vineyards and restaurants that are close by and easy to access. For our friends seeking this perfect combination, we recommend Wine Country Inn with its stunning views combined with Brasswood Estate’s vineyards and restaurant.
If you could fly up and over the Napa Valley, you would see a small area just north of St. Helena where the lush vineyards line the edges of the Napa River. This heart of the Napa Valley is home to a few fortunate vineyards, hotels, and restaurants. Perhaps it is the peace of the countryside that draws visitors to this area, but there are also gems of culture and culinary opportunities hidden among the vines. Guests of Wine Country Inn have access to an astounding array of food, wines, shopping, and events just two minutes from the hotel at Brasswood Estate.
As the crow flies it is a very short distance from Wine Country Inn in St Helena to Santa Rosa. The interesting part of this adventure is that there is a little known road that directly connects St Helena to Santa Rosa. Exit St Helena up Spring Mountain road and continue on St Helena road all the way to Santa Rosa. From the outskirts of Santa Rosa take Calistoga Rd into the east side of the city.
Napa Valley is known for its world-class wineries and sprawling vineyards. But did you know that one of these wineries lies within a 13th-century medieval Italian castle? The winery authentically and regally represents an era of opulence with its extravagant architecture and magnificent atmosphere. Play king and queen for the day when you visit Castello Di Amorosa by indulging in the royal food and wine pairing or a variety of other decadent tasting experiences. Here is what you need to know about this Napa Valley marvel when planning your visit!