Wine tasting in Napa – from Cab Sav to sparkling wine via fried chicken

Wine tasting in Napa - panorama from Opus One

Given our penchant for fine wine and food we couldn’t pass through California without stopping off for a spot of wine tasting in Napa.  When we woke up, we were sad to see that the rainy weather had finally followed us from the UK – I guess this was bound to happen at some point! Still, what better place to be than an area where its acceptable to stay inside and taste wine from an hour that would more frequently be considered breakfast time…

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San Francisco sightseeing – day one

Sightseeing in San Francisco - view of Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco has been hovering near the top of my must-visit cities for a while, so I was really excited to be able to spend time here as part of our trip to the States.  With a jam-packed itinerary we set out to fit in the best of the sightseeing in San Francisco in two days.

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Being firmly of the view that to stave off jet lag you should stay up as late as possible, we booked ourselves in for dinner on our first night at Aubergine (at the Relais & Chateaux hotel, L’Auberge Carmel). Having heard great things about this restaurant, I was very excited for my first taste of gourmet Californian cuisine and this was definitely worth fighting through the sleepiness for!  

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Cruising the California coastline – Carmel and Big Sur

California coastline. Big Sur 4.

Determined to pack in as much as possible on our trip, we planned to start our trip on the California coastline.  I met the boy straight off the plane and we drove down to Carmel.  The drive from San Francisco to Carmel wasn’t in itself particularly scenic (the dramatic coastline was on hold until the next day) but in no time at all (or so it seemed to me given I promptly fell asleep…) we arrived in the picturesque sea-side town of Carmel.  

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