This afternoon, Mr. CG and I needed to get away. So we hired a sitter and traveled just over the hills for an afternoon jaunt to the Carneros appellation for some sipping and savory cuisine. The Carneros region crosses over both Sonoma and Napa counties in the California wine country. It is a cooler climate, known for its Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, and sparkling wines.
First stop, Domaine Carneros, a world renowned artisanal winery, famous for its sparkling wines.
Image via Domaine Carneros website
Located on the border of Napa county, the tasting room sits atop a knoll surrounded by vineyard and formal gardens, like a chateau transported right from Europe. My pictures do not do this place justice. Check out their site to see it’s true beauty. Sometimes I need to pinch myself in places like this.
The terrace has the most amazing views of the valley. Today it was crowded, but not unpleasant. Perfect weather, I might add.
Here’s a peek at the valley, and the vineyard just calling for visitors to meander through the vines. I could not resist.
Upstairs, we waited briefly for a table. There’s my handsome dude. Ten years married next month!
In the gift shop, I spotted a favorite soap company, and some candles styled similar the ones I did in this post.
Crates always appeal to me, especially beautiful ones like these. I can imagine so many ways to use them.
Outside on the terrace, we had time for just a quick flight. They bring the bottles to your table for a nice presentation, with an explanation of the individual wines, their flavors, and the best pairings.
Ooooh, just my kind of tasting:
A break from the kiddies, and some sparkling wine? I am so easy to please. CG = happy.
Later, we traveled just minutes down the highway to meet up with friends at Farm Restaurant at The Carneros Inn. Talk about ambiance, both indoors and out. Simple, elegant, and chic. This place has received a lot of press – perhaps you’ve read about it.
The designers have incorporated into the site some of the best outdoor seating I’ve ever seen. Amazing lighting, and comfortable and stylish cushions everywhere. It forces you to linger and order more wine. Genius.
‘Firepit’ is not a word I would use to describe this stunning contemporary feature. Everyone is drawn to it, and visitors jostle for seating.
Inside, the bar is very much a cosmopolitan lounge, with velvet cushions and incredible chandeliers. Black and white movies play on the flat screen.
Aren’t these amazing over the bar ? They’re like lacy Lucite lamps, suspended from the ceiling. I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
The restaurant decor is contemporary, but not at all cold. On the contrary, it is filled with warm and inviting colors, a stone fireplace covered with glass mosaic tiles, and stunning amber colored lampshades on every sconce and chandelier.
And I’ve never photographed a public bathroom, but just had to here because the ladies room was so modern and elegant. The faucets, glass mosaic tile, and mini chandeliers, were so alluring. I loved the cleverly backlit mirrors.
And the outdoors at Farm is just as inviting at night as it is by day. You can really admire the stunning light fixtures in the evening.
If you haven’t already, you really must come visit the California Wine Country someday. And if you need a tour guide, we’re more than happy to oblige. Happy trails everyone.