Wining and Dining Along the Silverado Trail
While Napa Valley may not be the oldest wine-producing region in the world, it has rapidly ascended to the reputation of being the best. And while I’m not averse to jet setting across the Atlantic to Tuscany or Bordeaux for some quality vino, I truly love the wonderful wines we get from the ripe soils of Napa. Plus the Valley is so welcoming to tourists!
When writing my book I sought out the sustainably produced wineries, the ones that conserved energy through solar power and recycled water for irrigation. I wanted to learn how and why they were so committed to earth saving practices. But I also wanted to taste their wines and I discovered some real beauties—beautiful landscapes, stunning architecture and delicious wines – too numerous to list.
My wine cellar includes the wonderful, artisanal age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon from veteran Winemaker Cathy Corison whose vineyards are located between Rutherford and St. Helena. I also collect annual vintages from Staglin knowing my purchases support their unwavering support for mental health research.
But don’t get me wrong… it isn’t just about doing good for the earth and for people in need, that I appreciate them so much. I love these wines because they taste soooo yummy paired with the unique dishes I discover in restaurants along the Silverado Trail and in the Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa.