Domestic, I am not. Maybe that’s why I’ve never married? I travel, am up for anything, drink fine wine, and am adventurous when it comes to food. But a natural in the kitchen? Come ON. Leave it to Trafalgar Tours to show me the ways. On our recent journey through Napa, I was expecting a delicious adventure through some of my favorite wineries, after, of course, visiting San Francisco’s Chinatown, Farmers’ Market, and Napa’s Oxbow food market. Instead? Our first stop required me to MAKE some wine. When it comes to the vino, I know a lot about what I like. But I never really put much thought into just how the powers at be decide on how much of each varietal to put into a blend. Visiting wine country wineries such as Ravenswood in Sonoma makes wine tasting packages special — and that’s before you’ve even begun to roll up your sleeves and take a class. Math first-thing in the morning? Sure! Bring it on. No buzz can be ruined by a few percentage equations… right?
If a boozy math class ever struck your fantasy life, boy is this winery for you! For starters, everything about Ravenswood felt seasonal and homey.
After us winos felt safe at Ravenswood, we dug in and started to concentrate. We were each given a glass for every varietal, and a dropper. The point was to try as many combinations as our stomachs could handle first-thing in the morning and stop when we’d found a combination we liked.
Us ladies hard at work:
After all of our hard work paid off, we had to deal with our commitment issues and turn in our final answer: a sheet of paper with the exact measurements of the wine we each thought we’d like to drink. Then the delightful owner made us each a bottle of the exact wine we’d decided we’d liked! HOW COOL.
The rest of the tour was really fun, too. We sat outside and tasted wines (that the professionals had made haha). It was the perfect morning!
I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest of Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.
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