It’s been an eventful 2011 thus far. After spending two days wine tasting, eating great food, and reconnecting with friends, I’m ready to get back to reality!
We took our time leaving Silverado Resort yesterday morning. Having not stayed there since 2002, we forgot what a relaxing and pretty place it is. What made it even better was the rate – $99 per night and the lack of crowds this time of year. We practically had the place to ourselves.
|It was a beautiful sunny day when we left yesterday. This picture was taken|
upon our arrival…wet and gray but still lovely.
|The fallen leaves are strategically raked around the trees at the Silverado golf course. |
|Getting ready to leave the hotel. |
Our friends know about my “New” series and thought a visit to one of their favorite wineries might qualify as a “new experience”.
Boy, were they right!
Del Dotto is an unforgettable place. And since our friends are wine club members, we were treated to a complimentary tour of the wine cave and a tasting which made the experience all the more special.
|The entrance to Del Dotto|
|Beautiful frescos throughout.|
|Imported from Italy, these marble columns and|
detailed mosaic tiled floors are eye-popping.
|In the Del Dotto wine cave, the chandeliers are made of Murano glass and imported from Venice. Silver candelabras are dotted throughout the long corridor.|
|Nearly all of our tastings came right from the barrel. |
|Just six of what must be over 100 barrels of wine in the cave. |
|Main room |
|After the tour and tasting, we were treated to some fine Italian meats and cheeses served|
with their homemade olive oil and bread sticks.
|These must be very old olive trees…their trunks are enormous. |
|Check out the face in the wall. |
Their wine is handcrafted in the traditional European way and is some of the best I’ve ever tasted. But the price of the majority of their wines is steep and not for someone on a budget like me and the tasting and tour fees can run as high as $30 to $50 per person. Yet, I would encourage you to visit Del Dotto if you’re in Napa Valley, if not just for the decor, architecture and art. Having lived in the wine country for nearly twelve years, I have been to many wineries and Del Dotto stands out as a one of a kind. If you want to splurge on a tasting and tour during your visit, this is the place.
After a late lunch, we headed home and were surprised last night by a visit from a friend of ours. We haven’t see her in a couple of years and ended up chatting well past our bedtime. It was so late, she stayed the night in our guest room rather than make the long drive home. It was a great way to end what has been a very social and somewhat exhausting last few days.
I’m pretty sure the rest of my “new” series will not include drinking fancy wine or dining out at trendy restaurants.
I can’t afford it and besides, I’m ready for a different kind of “new” .
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