With the help of family and several friends, I enjoyed so many wonderful adventures last year, in search of “50 new experiences” to explore during my year long birthday celebration. I visited places I’d never been, ate a few foods I’d never tasted and overcame a few fears of activities I’d normally run from. By years end, I accumulated roughly 70 new experiences, including a very unexpected one – cruising during Hurricane Dorian! I realize now there’s no wonder why I drank so much. Well, another reason is that I visited several vineyards and wineries (but sorry, no wassail)
First was the Biltmore Estate Winery in Asheville, NC. The wine tasting was great and served its purpose because I purchased three bottles.
Next was the tasting room at Brown Downtown Napa, part of Brown Estate Vineyards, the first and only Black-owned estate in Napa Valley, California. Yep, the wine tasting got me again!
The next stop on our Napa Valley tour was Raymond Vineyards, which is certified organic and biodynamic, and powered solely by renewable solar energy. I was oddly impressed when we stepped into the Crystal Cellar, a place of steel walls and elegant whimsicality.
Our final exploration in Cali was aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train, where we ate, drank and enjoyed the sights.
I would be remiss if I didn’t at least show you a sample of the delectable food we ate. Any one of my family and friends can attest to my voracious appetite, so most of this may have been mine.
And who could say “no” to the most exciting dessert ever?!?!!!
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