Our first stop was the St. Supery winery. I was the designated driver so I was allowed only bread sticks and water. The girls were able to enjoy some Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and a Cabernet Sauvignon. Around 45 min. later we departed the winery with two bottles of St. Supery wine. Our next stop was the Elizabeth Spencer winery. Here the girls were able to enjoy more Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and another Cabernet. Prior to departing the girls ordered some small wine bottles. They told me these wine bottles were perfect for the hot tub. I knew better than to argue with them. Our next stop was the Darioush winery. With wine tasting at a cost from $35 to $150 a flight I was pleased that it was so crowded we decided to skip this winery.

Soon we were back in the car and headed down the road when we saw a beautiful building. Turning off the road we entered the vineyard of Chimney Rock. This winery was to become a turning point for our Chardonnay drinking girl Marti. The girls again tasted multiple bottles of wine but it was Marti who left the winery with two bottles of Rose of Cabernet Franc. She had a sparkle in her eye as she held her two bottles and said I will enjoy these later. Once back in the car we drove to the hotel for a rest before dinner.

To all of you who have not been to the Napa Valley in the past 20 years. I have some sad news for you. I discovered that you have to pay to sample wine in Napa Valley. Lucky for us Allie was with us and in her purse were a handful of her uncle’s business cards. These business cards were from the Bargetto winery in Santa Cruz and had her Uncle Paul’s name on the cards. She would present the cards to the individuals who were responsible for providing potential customers with samples of wine. She identified herself as the daughter of her Uncle Paul. This was then followed by a discussion on the types of wine the Bargetto winery produced. I am sure Uncle Paul would have been very proud of his daughter Allie. She not only held her end of the discussion but on occasion even stumped the person behind the counter. We were all proud to be with her.

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