Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pictures from Napa Valley

I'm back from my little blog hiatus--my cousin Jennifer is in town visiting, and we've been so busy drinking wine, eating great food, and seeing the sites that I've been absent from the internet entirely.  She's still here, and we're headed out in a minute for a day of seeing some of my favorite San Francisco spots, but I wanted to pop in to say hi and post some pictures from our time in Napa yesterday:

at Cakebread, home of my favorite wine of the day (a 2006 Cab)

Jennifer at our first stop, Baldacci, a charming little family owned winery

me in front of Raymond with some awesome construction going on in the back ;)

cousins in the swanky Raymond lounge

Napa

We had a perfect Napa day: visited four wineries, shared tastings so as not to overdo it, and had lunch at my favorite spot, Tra Vigne Pizzeria.  To finish an already incredible day, we drove over to Cari and JJ's for dinner, where we grilled out over some more wine and laughs.  It's been wonderful having my cousin--who is like a sister--out here; I don't want her to go home!

24 comments:

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh that looks like so much fun- We have not been to Napa for years but we did go to Santa Barbara wine country last year- So hard with monkeys- I always figure I would lose them… leave them in some random vineyard.

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Aw you two look adorable! It's obvious in these pictures that you're having a blast :) I can't wait til I come visit so we can do some wine tastings!! Yup, I'm making you :P

Have a blast today! can't wait to see more pictures!

Dee Stephens said...

So fun! I heart Napa! I have a best cousin too.

Meghan said...

You two are super adorable! I do miss Napa, and your pictures just confirmed why! Wine and beautiful scenery:) So glad you had a great time!

Nic said...

Great pics! We too enjoyed Cakebread Cellars a couple weeks ago (our fave is Caymus tho...) and Tra Vigne Pizzeria! Yummy!! Glad you had a good time in Napa! :) A must do- Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (north of Calistoga) for a hike... Beautiful!

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

Two pretty girls drinking wine and catching up, what could be more fun?!!! Glad you enjoyed.

Micaela said...

you girls are BEAUTIFUL!!!! <3 claire, you can really tell the Shred did you good! loveeee your figure and that dress! ugh, you're so pretty! both of you.

i can't wait to see you in less than a week!!! EEEK!!! xoxo

Lindsey said...

Your dress is super cute and y'all def look related! Love the pic of you behind that frame ... beautiful.

Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Beautiful!! I LOVE TRA VIGNE!! It is one of our favorite places to eat on the planet. Love all of these pictures, so glad you're having fun!

Amanda said...

This post reminds me that I am so long overdue for a quality Napa day!! :) Love Tra Vigne, so yummy!

Jax said...

Aw so fun!! Love the photos! You girls look like sisters! Both so pretty! :) I really want to go to Napa, so I'm admittedly lusting over these photos and imagining what it's like there... :)

bananas. said...

the you at raymond photo is superb! blow that picture up and frame it k!!!

Megan said...

These are definitely good reasons to be missing from the blog world :-) Napa looks so beautiful and like my kind of place.

Gracie said...

This place looks utterly gorgeous. My favourite picture is you sitting on the chair with the frame. It's awesome!

Meredith said...

Sounds like an amazing day!! We didn't have a chance to do Napa when we visited San Francisco...I would LOVE to go back and do it one day!

Summer Athena said...

i have the hardest time commenting as of late. i have no clue why.

i love these photos. you look happy and relaxed, thin and beautiful.

it also makes me realize that i should have pushed to see you more while in SF. it was just so much at once and i am sorry i did not do better.

miss you.

Kristin H said...

What a dream!!!

Kate Kiefer said...

fun! you look thin!

passport in my pocket said...

Awesome pictures, looks like you have a blast! We visited CAKEBREAD a few years ago – love their wines!

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

Though we didn't hit any of the same spots, it looks like you had just as fabulous a time as we did in Napa a few weeks ago! I miss it already :( Hope all is well with you, pretty lady! xoxo {av}

p.s. less than four days to get your entries in for my huge Whiting & Davis giveaway! a handbag of your choice could be yours...don't miss out :)

drollgirl said...

aw, you and your cousin are living it up in the wine country! lucky you. i haven't been in so long, and would love to go wine tasting there. when i have visited the wine country i have been with my PARENTS, and they don't drink. ugh. so anyway, i would love to visit and do it all properly someday!

hope you guys have as much fun as possible while she is here! whee!

this free bird said...

I love that first pic of the two of you!! Your dress is gorge, Claire :)

xo,
C

Kit said...

Looks like you're having fun - I miss you both - Dad

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like it was so much fun! I love your dress!