Despite what many passionate winemakers will tell you about the excitement of what they do, the hard facts are that the science and making of wine are largely agricultural and biological. It's just that Idaho potatoes and New Jersey tomatoes haven't quite the romantic associations that a Napa Valley Cabernet or Chardonnay has accrued though literature and marketing.
In the late 1800's Josephine Tychson, at age 31, found herself without a husband (tuberculosis & despair took him), with two children, a winery and vineyards. Most women in that day would look for another husband, a partner, to make their lives easier. After all, owning a vineyard, running it, supervising men and raising children simultaneously was something a woman wasn't expected to do.
Beautifully sequestered, Castrucci Vineyards is a petite, delicious gem in the sea of rolling hills and vineyards of Napa Valley. It is located off of South Kelly Road just on the fringe of Napa proper. Today's brilliantly cool weather, with the backdrop of the setting sun is a perfect way to begin tasting.
It's not the kind of buzz you want to hear when you're pregnant. But now that the Zika virus has been declared a global public health emergency, you have to cancel your babymoon or at least rethink that tropical destination. The good news is these relaxing and romantic places offer a refreshing alternative to the typical bump-on-a-beach scenario.
The drive from Napa to Calistoga is about 45 minutes in the winter months. The season matters. Summer, when all the tourists (5 million in 2015 alone) are here can be much longer. Today the rain is light. The fog threads through the mountains thick at Howell Mountain as I travel the winding road to Calistoga.
The holiday season is upon us. For some, it's been a year of gathering the perfect gifts and wrapping them at their leisure. However, if you are anything like me, I need resources that tap into my "Love Bank" and enable me to click and buy, sending fabulous finds to the destinations of those I love.