Fires, Wine and Adventures

I've honest been overwhelmed over the last few weeks and months. It started our peacefully with a trip to my grandma's house and lunch at Pietro's in Lodi. Then it all changed with the fires in Napa and Sonoma County. I went to sleep on a windy night and awoke to smoke filled skies. I worked 18 hours most days, 23 hours on one day, but it was an honor to work for a hotel that did so much to help the community that we call home. It was an amazing experience to be able to serve our community and provide them a little slice of peace during an extremely difficult time.

There were also wine tasting adventures and a birthday celebration that kept on going. It started with a quick trip to Orange County for meetings, then a locals tasting at Freemark Abbey, with quick stops at both Beringer and V. Sattui just to look around.  A FAM Tour with Hotels.com, we tasted at Trinitas, ran through Carneros and enjoyed an intimate dinner for 5 in our Estate Cave. The Napa Valley Film Festival provided an excellent weekend of entertainment and libations, followed by a birthday trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train with stops at St. Supery, Beringer and Raymond. Next up I was off to cooking school with co-workers as we prepared our own dinner at Silverado Cooking School.

Then there was a "surprise" office birthday celebration and potluck ... the cake and all the dishes prepared with very tasty. I had a few friends come to town for a weekend of wine tasting as we explored parts of the Napa Valley that I hadn't been to before ... Kuleto, Rombauer, Robert Sinskey and a sunset tasting at Davis Estate. With stops the next day at Chandon and the Fremont Diner.

Visit California provided perhaps the best last minute invite of the month, asking if I would join them for the Grateful Table event, happening on the Napa-Sonoma county line and supporting fire relief efforts. The table was set for 500, the wine, the food and the beautiful scenery did not disappoint.

Next up, I headed up to the mountains to celebrate Thanksgiving at the Bradley Lodge. I brought the wine, my mom and grandma did the cooking and it was a great weekend away. The unseasonably warm weather did have a benefit ... I could run and found my way to the North Grove Trail at Big Trees State Park where I saw the Pioneer Cabin Tree that had fallen last winter for the first time. Back in Napa I decorated my house for Christmas, before heading back to Sacramento for wine tastings at Bogle, Oak Farm Vineyards and Jeremy Wine Co, a Lincoln Brewster concert and beautiful morning runs along the Sacramento River. We also headed to Old Sacramento to see the Theater of Lights and had dinner at Ten 22.

I finished up the whirlwind with a tour of our new construction project, a yoga photo shoot, a sip and paint experience (and photo shoot), a party at our spa for the community, a hot air balloon trip high above the Napa Valley, two holiday parties for work (including one at the new Archer), a dinner at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse, a cocktail class featuring Hennessy, a night run through downtown Napa to see the Napa Lighted Art Festival, and a lunch at Castello di Amorosa.

There are many more adventures to be had, I'm looking forward to finishing up 2017 and starting 2018 soon.

See all the pictures here.

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