So finally, finally after a FULL year of living in California I’ve ventured out into the wild and visited Napa Valley! Arenia and I went to Robert Mondavi Winery’s To Kalon Vineyard on Tuesday for their signature tour and tasting. And it was INCREDIBLE! Honestly I was excited to begin with, but the whole experience completely exceeded my expectations. We learned about the entire process of wine making (or at least how it’s done at Robert Mondavi) from the plants themselves to fermenting, aging, and bottling. Not sure why, but I really love learning about the processes of things. Eric and I toured the Celestial Seasonings plant on our trip out to SF and it was the HIGHLIGHT of my time in Boulder. Okay maybe not the Rockies were pretty unbeatable… but still it was a close second! Does anyone else really love learning things like that? Like seeing the way their favorite stuff is made?
Probably… just me… *sigh*
But I digress, the tour ended with a lesson in expertly tasting Mondavi’s fantastic wines. Which, I’m ashamed to say I’ve been doing wrong my whole life. Not worry though, now I know – and knowing is half the battle. The second half is obviously retrying every wine I’ve ever tasted.
What a crying shame.
So whilst I start to correct years of bad wine habits, please enjoy this huge picture dump of the tour!