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V. Sattui Winery

September 28, 2009

My favorite winery in Napa Valley was V. Sattui.  Yes, this was my first time in Napa and yes, we only went to four wineries but this one blew the others out of the water.  The wine went down so smoothly and left no aftertaste!  Every wine we tasted – and we tasted them all on the premium wine tasting menu between the four of us – was excellent and topped the one prior.  Even the port wine was excellent and I’m not usually a big fan of dessert wines.

I wish I bought a bottle of something here.  You can only buy V. Sattui at the winery, not in stores.  I was “saving myself” for the other wineries to come.  At least now I know and now I have a reason to go back!

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Mr. George Sattui pictured above, was our pourer and at first we thought he was a grumpy old man who wasn’t being generous with his pours but he warmed up to us in the end and even shared a joke with us.

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Since V. Sattui was our first stop, we decided to grab food at the deli / marketplace and eat on our way to the next winery.  I usually don’t like premade sandwiches but this one was special.

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It was love at first bite!  (I think I have a strange love affair with great sandwiches.  Swoon!)  Boyfriend and I shared the chicken pesto sandwich which was on this sooooft focaccia bread.  I also had a bite of Elisa’s tuna sandwich which might sound boring but most certainly was not!  Elisa gets tuna at every single sandwich shop we go to without fail.

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There was a BBQ going on outside and Elisa and Matt bought some oysters.  We had also bought some bread and cheese for our picnic we planned to have at Chandon later on in the day.  We walked around the beautiful grounds and ate outside in the beautiful weather before heading to our next few stops.

Side story: when we got to Chandon (two wineries later) they opened the TWO bottles that Matt bought so we were forced to drink them on the property.  One of which was a sparkling wine.  We had all already done our sparkling wine tastings there.  They told us picnics weren’t allowed when we laid out our blanket and busted out our food.  One of us, who shall remain nameless (but not Matt), became insanely trashed and has no recollection of even going to the last winery!  No worries, we rolled down the window and left him in the car while the rest of us checked out Hess Winery.  He was so sick that we ended up at some random Vietnamese / Asian fusion restaurant for dinner (hours later after he was conscious and able to walk on his own) and he ordered a $12 bowl of pho because that is one of the few things that helps him prevent hangovers.  Probably THE most expensive bowl of pho he has ever or will ever order.  He was a novice and I guess he did it right for his first time wine tasting!  Looking at the bright side though, since he was passed out in the car and was falling asleep in the restaurant at dinner, he had the most sleep he had gotten in the past few nights combined!  He woke up refreshed the next morning and even offered to go wine tasting with us that day if we were up for it!  Elisa, Matt and I just looked at him like he was craaazy.  : )

1111 White Ln.  Saint Helena, CA

A new favorite – Sprout Cafe!!

June 23, 2009

I’ve been MIA lately.  Perhaps I’ve been a little disappointed at the food in America since returning from Japan?  A little lazy uninspired?  Okay, maybe a lot LAZY.  Luckily, I’ve discovered a new favorite and decided to share my new find!

I wanted to take my Dad to a new resturant for Father’s Day lunch.  He wanted something light and suggested a sandwich or salad place.  That is when we discovered the wonderfulness of Sprout Cafe.

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As soon as you walk in, there is a table with little clipboards and pencils to fill out your order form.  You create your own salad!! How exciting is this?!?  I’ve been to Pluto’s and thought it was great… Sprouts Cafe is ten times better!  For $6.95 for a full salad ($5.25 for a half salad) you make all the decisions.  You choose whether you want red leaf lettuce, romaine, spinach, butter lettuce, etc.  You can also choose SIX “standard” items you want in your salad.  The choices were phenomenal and we had a really difficult time deciding!!

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I went with butter lettuce (a recent favorite!), red onions, toasted almonds, somen noodles, edamame, fresh tofu and sweet corn.  The sweet corn looked like it was cut off of a cob and was  really sweet.  Any additional items from the veggie list are .50 cents each and you can also add meat and such from the “premium” list.  I added sauteed shiitake for $1.50.  My parents both had very similar salads to mine with slight variations – they both copied me and added sauteed shiitake to theirs so the pictures would’ve looked the same.  I chose a soy ginger vinaigrette dressing mixed in.  You can choose to get light dressing, dressing on the side, etc.  Anything you fancy is yours for the taking!

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Boyfriend went with a steak sandwich.  All sandwiches come with a small side salad!  The marinated tri-tip was tender and flavorful and the sandwich had crispy potatoes (!), sauteed corn (!!), lettuce and mayo on ciabatta bread.  It sounds kind of weird but it was so scruptious.  What was supposed to be a taste test of the sandwich turned into another bite.  And another.  And another.

I can’t wait to go back!!  This weekend perhaps??

168 University Ave.  Palo Alto, CA


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