One of my very favorite wineries on my recent wine-tasting trip to Sonoma and Napa was Round Pond Estate, because it offered such a relaxing, homey atmosphere. To be fair, the weather also warmed up for us that day, and we got to sit around on the estate’s gorgeous patio, soaking up the sun and trying delicious wine. It was meant to be! The owners were friendly and hospitable, bringing out trays of delicious eats to compliment our wines. Every detail was perfect, as if we had wandered into a well-curated dinner party. We were all so happy there that I must declare this one of my favorite wineries in Napa Valley.
Round Pond has olive groves, so we kicked off our tour with an olive oil tasting, something I tried for the first time in charming Ojai, in southern California closer to LA. It was all done outside, and like I said, the weather was crisp and gorgeous.
Fresh olive oil is really special, and I had never had the pleasure of owning any until that trip to Ojai. Tasting it is different than wine-tasting. First, I don’t use bread. I like to actually taste it and feel the slight burn in your throat. Of course, how can you resist buying a few bottles (standard, and in flavors that add a special kick)? But do make sure you use them up in about a year. They have somewhat of a short shelf life!
After we finished our olive oil tasting, we headed upstairs for the wine.
Look at this place!
The views were absolutely breathtaking.
I toured San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma as a guest of Trafalgar Tours, but all opinions are my own.
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