Napa – Friday

We slept like babies on Thursday night, but woke up early on Friday thanks to the two hour time change.

We had a very leisurely and enjoyable morning. Our hotel was very cozy and had glorious grounds to explore.

grounds

Since I was up early, I got ready for the day earlier than anticipated. Our breakfast arrived later and we enjoyed it al fresco.

Break

I had an amazing egg, spinach, and feta frittata with fruit, a currant biscuit and almond  croissant. Heavenly!

Break me

While John got ready, I did some work and relaxed in our room. After a while, we ran a quick errand in town, then drove up to Brix for lunch.

Brix sign

Brix was highly recommended by friends, and we now know why. We had a wonderfully leisurely lunch there.

brix app Collage

We started lunch off by sharing a salad and green beans tempura, then I moved on to the homemade gnocchi while John had a lobster flatbread.

brix ent Collage

Everything was light, delicious, and so very flavorful. Most of the things we ate were grown on the property. Isn’t that amazing? After our lunch, we explored the restaurant’s expansive grounds and gardens.

Brix Grounds Collage

After we left Brix, we made our way over to Opus One Winery.

opus grapes

We had a nice tasting on the winery’s terrace, and had a grand time enjoying the breeze, the wine, and the vistas. We enjoyed the wine so much that we purchased a bottle. It is our intent to open it up on our 20th wedding anniversary. We will see if we can wait that long. While we know we can always buy more, the sentiment behind the bottle we purchased is very meaningful to us.

Opus Collage

After our tasting, we took some very winding roads to the Jarvis winery for a tour and tasting.

Jarvis

The Jarvis Estate is beautiful and is a must see in Napa. We thoroughly enjoyed our wine tour – it was informative and interesting without being hokey or overly touristy. The tour concluded with a tasting of seven wines. John and I really liked one of the ones we tried and we ended up purchasing a bottle of our favorite. We can’t wait to open it up for a special occasion.

Jarvis Collage

When we left the Jarvis Winery, we returned to our hotel to relax. We went to the hotel’s “Magic Hour,” where Raymond Vineyards was the vintner of the day.

magic hour

After our snacks and wine, we returned to the room to relax some more. I snoozed for two hours before getting ready for dinner.

We were thrilled to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary at the world-renowned, three-star Michelin rated, The French Laundry by Chef Thomas Keller.

bubbles

Even though our reservation was at 9:00PM and the experience typically takes a little over three hours, it was worth it. This was a bucket-list item, dream-come-true type of experience for us.

The experience is a tasting menu, with nine courses. There is an option to do a wine pairing, but we passed on it because we had each already had about seven (!) glasses each that day already. However, our wonderful server (Gareth) surprised us with free-flowing champagne all night long, in honor of our 10 year wedding anniversary.

When we initially looked at sample menus online (the menu changes daily), I was worried. Sometimes the menu involves items I would never eat – veal tongue, caviar, oysters, sushi, etc. However, the menu the night we dined there was perfectly amazing, especially for someone like me with a limited palette.

Menu

Please note the menu personalization. Such a nice touch!

Our Menu

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience, not to mention the people watching. To our delight, Chef Keller was at the restaurant that night and made an appearance in the dining room. He even signed our menus in honor of our anniversary. Crazy, right?

Of the nine menu items, I loved all of them. Truly. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be a tie between the crab and beef dishes.

TFL Collage

 And look at this dessert. It was literally an assault of sugar after a three hour food odyssey.

 8

We were so lucky to cross this item off of our bucket list and to enjoy the experience that is The French Laundry. Our server made sure to send us home with lots of extra goodies, mostly pastries and desserts.

9

We had an amazing 10th wedding anniversary and we were so fortunate to be able to celebrate in Napa.

us at TFL

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