Ran on hotel TM -
nice and easy paced watching all the storm coverage on the news. so sad.
I’ll have the race recap up later today, but I’m going to work backwards from after the race.
My friend is a foodie/wino so she always knows great little food spots and Pier 46 was another W in the books for her. We went there for lunch after the race.
It’s a seafood market where you can buy fresh crab, lobster, all sorts of fish and then a restaurant as well. We each ordered the sesame ahi salad and a side of fries.
And yes, the waiter laughed when he heard our order. balance, baby. A salad, Diet Coke and a milkshake is a woman’s perfect balanced meal, right?
The salads were huge with a big portion of ahi. Very good, I’d recommend this place if you like fish.
Then we headed off with our map and list of wineries to start tasting. I made sure to drink a ton of water after the race and all day (everywhere we stopped had water and I would drink some and then fill my water bottle) and R had told me to dump any wine I didn’t like.
There’s no use finishing a bunch of wines you don’t even care for, and a lot of wineries will be very generous with their pours.
The tastings were $5 if you didn’t buy a bottle, but they had 11 different wines on their tasting menu.
I have zero appreciation for wine in general and don’t like red wine; I really only like sweeter white wine and champagne. I told one lady I’d like my wineglass sugar-rimmed like a martini.
So my friend was on a mission to “explore my palate” and find a red I’d like. Good luck with that. (She’s a level 1 sommelier; I’m a level 1 loser.)
Neither of us bought anything and next headed to Venteux Vineyards. R had tasted their wines at a wine festival in Mammoth, CA, so she wanted to try it out.
The name comes from two families owning the vineyard… vin-two. kinda cute. What was really cute was the bed and breakfast on the property with views of the vineyard:
How relaxing would it be to stay there? This property was my favorite of the day.
Venteux had mostly reds and I tried a couple but quit after a few. R liked their PMS and bought a bottle of it. I think the tastings were also $5 if you didn’t buy a bottle.
Next was Veris which we had been to before with our friends, and they’re members here. Tastings are free and I get the feeling they’d let you taste the entire stockroom if you asked.
They have three sparkling wines (peach, raspberry, and almond) that usually I like, but today they were too sweet and I wasn’t really feeling them. I’m so complicated.
But I’ll say this: the ladies working at Veris are so friendly and nice. There isn’t any sort of pretentious/wine snob vibe going on here at all. They actually remembered R from a couple months ago and chatted with us for a long time.
Veris sells Ben Hogan wines so R tasted a few and bought a bottle of the Carnoustie (the golf course in Scotland where my husband played). I think it might be a Christmas gift for him; I can say that on here safely because he never reads the blog.
Overlooking the vineyards they have golf mats and tees so I guess you can tee off into the wine. kinda cute.
The yard markers out in the vineyard. Jaymo would love that.
I bought a bottle of white wine which I consider baby steps since it isn’t champagne, right?
Ever been wine tasting? Have a favorite winery? Drink wine or don’t like it all?
I’ve never been to Napa, but my friend has. She says it’s great but a lot more expensive and a bit more pretentious than Paso.