Plan a Trip to Napa Valley
Peju has started to more interactive events and one of the new events is a wine tasting with food pairings in the Peju executive kitchen with chef Alex. Erik and I were invited to the kitchen to check out one of these events. I thought it was a great way to try some wine and not have your taste buds go numb after your 4th or 5th tasting.
I may be a food blogger, but I am so not a foodie. I have to admit that the food offered did scare me a bit. Chef Alex prepared some Ahi on crackers paired with Chardonnay, white fish with garlic paired with the Peju Provance, Chicken with green olive and fig jam, Kobe steak bite served with Cabernet Sauvignon, and lamb with arugula pesto served with a glass of Zinfandel. I an not a fan of seafood and was really nervous, but I am proud to say that I tried EVERYTHING and it was all very good. (big pat on the back to me!)
Once that was devoured, out came the desserts and the dessert wine, Liana. OMG! I wanted more of this amazing orange muscat dessert wine made in an ice-wine style. It was perfect to go with the homemade caramels, lemon cheesecake, and local macarons. I’m glad that we added three bottles to our case order 🙂
After all that eating drinking, it was time for a tour of the grounds and barrel rooms. Chef Alex has some raised beds with fresh veggies growing and their vineyard is in their back yard – literally. The family still lives on the property in a house tucked behind some trees. The barrel rooms are impressive and the tasting rooms are gorgeous! Take a tour and see all the behind the scene stuff or just take a glass of wine out to the statue garden and relax by the koi pond. The grounds are beautiful!
If you love wine, then you’ve got to get on over to Mumm Napa for some Sparkling Wine! Made in the Champagne Method, a tasting there is a MUST! First of all, the grounds are beautiful, but it’s the bubbly that I love. Erik and I enjoyed a complementary DVX tasting and we loved every sip. My brother had a tasting as well. I don’t know what he said or did, but when I looked over at them, there were about 15 glasses on the table. He was having a great tasting, that’s for sure! We ended up joining the club and I’m looking forward to our first shipment!
You can take a guided tour of the bottling facility and ask a million questions about sparking wine.You can also relax on the patio or take in the photo gallery with images from Ansel Adams.
Looking for something different to experience? The Round Pond Estate is the perfect destination! No only do they have the vineyard, they also specialize in Olive Oil, Vinegar, and Simple Syrups. They have olive trees on site and they harvest the green olives and press them right there in their facility. They offer a pure EVOO as well as flavored orange and lemon olive oil. These flavored oils are a great way to add some extra flavor to your dishes. We’ve added the lemon olive oil to our asparagus and they were so good! If you’ve ever tried good olive oil you know that it is amazing. We learned a lot about how to know if your EVOO is still good or if it has expired and I learned how vinegar is made (it’s a secret).