napa valley, california: eats and drinks

Last Tuesday I celebrated my birthday by spending the evening at home with my family, then, once the kids were in bed, packing up a suitcase to head to the Napa Valley with my sweetie. We left our kids at home in capable hands and headed off to California on Wednesday. The weather didn’t entirely cooperate, so I didn’t get to take as many photos as I’d hoped, but the trip was spectacular regardless.

We’ve been blessed with the friendship of some wonderful people who are, as they say in wine country, In The Business. Luckily, these are friends who never seem to mind letting us tag along on their wine trips. And from my¬† limited experience, traveling to wineries and vineyards with someone in the wine industry is a whole heck of a different experience than the alternative.

We drank incredible wines, ate some pretty great food, and saw some fabulous sights out there. Below are some snapshots of some of the meals and wine tastings we went to. Part of my brain – or is it my heart? – is still back in Yountville. Come along with me for just a few minutes and I’ll take you there.

If you click through each photo, it will take you to my Flickr account where you can read more about it.

old vines

harvested grapes

roast chicken

butternut squash soup

silver oak

rainy day in napa






pan-seared salmon at cia

padron peppers


mushroom risotto

oakville reds


oakville lunch


napa valley

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3 Responses to “our last days in yellowstone and grand teton”

  1. Boyce D. George — August 31, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    MJ thank you for these wonderful pictures and words. I think of your dad daily and I truly miss our Sunday morning conversations. And as George’s they were occasionally heated but more often than not very brotherly. Love you. Uncle Boyce

  2. Ken George — August 31, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

    Merry Jennifer, thanks for posting all these pictures. Brings back memories of our trips to Wyoming. That’s been years ago. My conversations with your Dad were usually before Gator ball games, not after. We used to speak sarcastically, and make fun of our younger, and deranged, brother, and his “pipe” dreams of UL football prowess. Anyway, the photos, especially the brown bear series, were absolutely great. We saw many large and small animals on our trips, but never a grizzly.

  3. Paula — September 3, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    You captured some stunning shots and some wonderful pics of your family on this vacation and I’m sure all your memories will be as vivid for many years to come.

    P.S. Hoping your 15 days of work and 24/7 call go well for you.

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