162.365.2013 Birthday Wines

Well, I guess I couldn’t not have a birthday… And turn 29 (the sequel, part 6). But if I am going to, I’m going to do it right! I had a fantastic day…

It started with numerous texts, emails and Facebook posts. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE ME FEEL SO LOVED!

I did miss my pooch and his kisses today. 😦

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Now on to the day… Our first appointment was at Conn Creek where we had a blending experience. It was amazing! The vineyard took us into the AVA room with 4 others. We all could taste from 15 Cabernet Savg barrels, each from a different vineyard in the valley. Then there 4 others of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Malbec.

Our job was to find our favorites and then start blending them together to make the perfect Cab. Once we did that, we would add in some of the other 4 to change the flavor. It was magical… I had our educator taste mine and he said it would pair perfectly with a cigar or porterhouse steak. He said Dave’s smelled the best and was nice and smooth. It was a really fun experience.

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Next we headed to Mumm to try some champagne. We sat on the patio and the view was gorgeous.

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Afterwards, we scooted over to Grgich Hills based on the recommendation of some good friends. It was yummy and we saw the 90 yr old owner just working away. Oh, and they were established in 1977! Like me!

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Our next location was Louis Martini which we are members of the club. So we enjoyed a lunch on the patio and then a custom tasting. Here’s a photo of all of our locations!

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For dinner, we went to Tra Vigne. While it looked delicious, it wasn’t what we expected. So we went to their sister location and had some amazing pizza and pasta. YUM!

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Good night to all!

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