Cakebread – A Little Taste of Heaven

I took an amazing trip to San Francisco in October during “Fleet Week” where we carved out a day to travel to Napa to taste the finest of wines!  We were lucky enough to have a private tour of Cakebread Cellars with the lead educator of the winery.  We were able to taste the grapes right off the vine, smell the oak of the barrels while the wine fermented, see the grapes full with rich color, and tasted the most magnificent reds and whites I have ever tasted.  The spirit and and history that you feel when you are circling the vineyard sipping on a Chardonnay on a sunny fall day really takes you over and you get lost in the scenery that surrounds you.

Beautiful mountains and green acres of what will soon be in a glass at your finest dinner party is what we experienced… Throughout our tour we sipped on a Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and many more.  Next time you go to Napa go to Cakebread and enjoy the most amazing wines I’ve tasted thus far in my journey through wine!

We also received a bottle of one of their finest reds that I have yet to try… a 2003 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon….  Any suggestions on when to open it?  Of course a truly remarkable evening it will be!! :)

Enjoy!

yum!

Chardonnay Barrel

Beautiful Vines and Napa Mountains

Barrel Vault

Infamous bottle gifted - Have yet to open it :)yum!

Chardonnay Grapes!

Ceiling made out of Cakebread Corks!

Wine Bottles Recycled Into Fancy Cheese Plates!

After attending the NYC Wine Expo last month, not only did we taste and discuss amazing wines from all over the world we also found an amazing idea that I fell in love with and couldn’t stop talking about – Recycling your wine bottle and flattening it into a cheeseboard!

Take your favorite bottle of wine and turn it into a fancy cheeseboard for entertaining!  Talk about a converstaion starter!  It was the first time I had ever seen this done before and I literally couldn’t stop thinking about how cute/useful these are.  The company that we talked to called “Treasures Of The Vine” located in Northern New Jersey, can take your favorite wine bottle, flatten it (with front and back labels intact) and create this lovely cheeseboard great for a wine and cheese party in your apartment, back porch, or now since the weather is getting nicer (hopefully) on a boat while enjoying a pre-dinner cruise!  Not only do they transform wine bottles, they basically do anything glass including your favorite vodka, champagne, whiskey, etc..  They also let you pick out a cheese spreader from about 20 options to go with your recycled bottle.  Check them out and if you don’t see the bottle you are looking for you can contact them to put in a request.  They make great gifts too (Mother’s Day is just around the corner)!

Some of my favorites right off the website…

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