We wake up and the boys cook some eggs. A nest egg, as Brett calls them.
We giggle and catch up on the deck. Overlooking the mountain and unreal landscape. All of a sudden, the limo is on it’s way and we are rushing to pull ourselves together.
The limo pulled into the gravel driveway and the driver hops out to introduce himself. He opens the back door and we all pile in. Champagne, soda, water… there were glass champagne glasses and bottle openers. Living the life!
On our way to the first vineyard, our driver recommends we pull into a Whole Foods-like grocery store and pick up some lunch, since we were headed a little into the countryside and wouldn’t have many options. We all hop out, grab sandwiches, pasta salads, hummus, and in Brett’s case, head cold materials.
Our first vineyard stop was Ferrari-Carrano. This place looked like it was fresh out of Alice in Wonderland. The grounds were landscaped to perfection. Freshly-cut grass, sculptures, fountains, and beautiful vineyards as far as the eye could see. The building itself was a marble, cream-colored structure with ornate railings and large windows. The tasting was held in the basement, a spot called the Prevail Room.
Our directions were to choose 4 or 6 different wines on a small paper menu. The wines were poured and the 8 of us sat at a large table underneath beautiful black, exotic lighting fixtures. Downstairs is where the large room of wine barrels are located as well.
After Ferrari-Carano, we hop back in the limo and head towards Bella Vineyard & Wine Cave. Both Katie and I had great reviews from friends about this vineyard and really wanted to make it work. We pulled into Bella and the limo driver popped the trunk. In the back he had flatware and every other material needed for a picnic. Cool! He spread out a tablecloth and we all munched on the grocery store grub. It was nice (& necessary!) to get something in our stomach.
A dog that lives on the grounds begged for food : made the experience that much more welcoming. AJ gathered wine glasses so we could have some vino while lunching.
After eats, we walked into this cave-style area that was nestled underneath a hill. Towards the back it was dark and cold, but lively and filled with people tasting wine around a little bar area. We grabbed a small table and tasted our way through the menu. This was a really cool little place with lots of personal touches. I could picture a gorgeous wedding reception being held on the grounds.
We all hopped back in the limo and headed back towards Oliviera. Some of us weren’t feeling too hot and took a cat nap while the vineyards rolled by the windows. Brett got a head cold and was desperately trying to sleep it off (or was it too much Zin?)
Back in Glen Ellen, we lounged and rehydrated. The boys jumped in the hot tub and the ladies mixed some drinks. Towards the evening time, we dressed up and headed towards The Girl and the Fig. A small, local restaurant with high ratings. I was impressed that they were so conscious of wasted water & drought in the area. Fresh olives (pitted & non) were waiting as a starter, yay! We dined on Fig and Arugula Salad, a Cucumber Soup, Burgers and Pork Chops. The food was delicious (& expensive!), but worth the splurge.
I cannot remember what was so funny, but Carley almost giggle / choked to death. Luckily, nurse AJ was seated next to her.
We headed back towards Oliviera, in a food coma. Driving up the dark, steep, winding mountain towards home. We gathered enough energy to play a hilarious game of Cards Against Humanity before turning in for the night.