We packed up our stuff and checked out of the hotel and made the long drive over the mountain to the other side of wine country, Napa Valley. Our style tends to be more of the Sonoma way, but our last few trips we've been better about spending at least one day in Napa, and have found some wonderful wineries. Also, the restaurants in Yountville are just amazing.
First things first - lunch. Now, it may seem a little odd to do lunch first...but we had to work for it.
In an attempt to do something new and different on this trip, we signed up for a CIA Enthusiasts cooking class at the Culinary Institue of America Greystone, right in the heart of Napa Valley. We decided on the Bold Flavors from Tuscany class, and were so excited to go.
Little did we know it was an emersion class....
We got there and the group sat around this big table in an enormous, beautifully clean kitchen. Then the chef, fully dressed in her chef outfit, came and chatted for a few minutes, handing out a packet of recipes. Then we were directed to select a station, and informed that we should get going because we'd be eating in an hour and 10 minutes. Eating what we'd cooked...on our own.
Our recipes were potato gnocchi and radichio and onion crostini.
Have you ever made gnocchi from scratch before?
Yeah, me either.
It was a crazy hour and a half by the time we got everything plated, but super fun. I'm so glad we picked something more challenging because we were able to ask some questions and received guidance along the way. Gnocchi isn't something I would have attempted at home, but it was really not that tough and soooo good...
Especially with the brown butter and sage sauce that we made. Mmmm.
I think my favorite line of the day was husband shouting that he was 'in the weeds' and felt like he was on Top Chef...while he tried to saute onions and top some crostinis with cheese and the onions...while I attempted to kneed, roll, cut, and boil gnocchi. We both felt like we were on Top Chef with the race of the clock, and I was channeling my inner Fabio with my gnocchi!
We all shared our dishes with the rest of the class and spread them out on a huge counter buffet style.
Everything was really delicious, and we had a great time trying the different dishes!
Completely stuffed and slightly exhausted from the 'class' we raced off to our first wine appointment.
WAY up on a
The white grape bins are everywhere, just waiting to be filled when Harvest comes!
Jeff was very knowledgable about the wines and the Failla story - it was great to listen to him. We really enjoyed our visit! It's a beautiful setting tucked back in, and they have a big table set up for people sit around during the tasting. There were 3 other couples there and we did the tasting together. It was interesting to share stories about other places in Napa with the couples.