I’ve been itching to share some highlights from our 30-hour Napa Valley escape earlier this week with you!
Our first stop was Round Pond Estate.
Located in Rutherford, a small community in Napa Valley, Round Pond Estate is an exquisitely chic and contemporary property located in Rutherford in the Napa Valley.
My husband and I tasted their exceptional wines before we headed across the road to their olive oil mill, also located on their 350+ acre estate.
I mentioned our olive oil tasting and tour briefly in Monday’s post. What I didn’t tell you about is the actual tasting process. After our tour guide, Ann, led us through the intricate process of making olive oil, we got the chance to taste their oils and their vinegars.
We tasted an Italian blend of five olive cultivars, three infused oils, a Spanish blend of three cultivars, and a Meyer lemon and a Blood Orange oil.
|These goodies make great gifts.
I bought garlic olive oil and Merlot Cabernet vinegar.
We sniffed, sipped, and slurped the olive oil while Ann explained the different characteristics of each.
When it came time to taste the estate vinegars, we were instructed to pour a small amount of vinegar over a sugar cube, then pick up the sugar and suck the vinegar out. That way the fruit in the vinegar is tasted rather than the acidic flavors.
After our interesting, tasty and educations olive oil tasting, we checked into Harvest Inn. I was there to write a story about their fantastic ‘Tastes and Sips’ package, available in January.
What a gorgeous property! This the Manor building, where our room was.
The inn was purchased by a San Francisco entrepreneur several years ago. Since then, the inn has been steadily renovated with many luxurious amenities.
Our Spa Vineyard Suite room was spacious and the view off our patio of an expansive vineyard and the Mayacamas mountains beyond it was spectacular.
On our lovely patio was a hot tub!
Our suite also had a newly renovated bathroom with a luxurious shower, and a comfortable desk area with easy to access wi-fi.
The dogs were welcomed with treats and comfy dog beds.
The tall king-sized bed had a Mission-style frame, gorgeous leaded glass window and fluffy, feather-down bedding.
It was hard to leave such a beautiful room – truth be told, I wanted to move in – but a girl’s got to eat! We dined at Tra Vigne, just a short drive from Harvest Inn.
I wore a black T-shirt, boyfriend jean, a new pair of sparkly shoes…
and a secondhand brocade duster I bought at my favorite consignment shop for $30.00.
We stuffed ourselves silly with Mozzarella Al Minuto, short ribs over polenta, and black truffle pizza.
It was quite a feast!
After dinner, we returned to our room, took a hot tub, had a fire in the fireplace, then went off to dreamland in our plush bed. It was divine.
Happy Friday, friends!
Disclosure: My thanks to Harvest Inn for sponsoring our stay and to Round Pond Estate for sponsoring our olive oil mill tour. Food costs were our own and opinions about my travels are my own.