In my previous post, we were in Napa Valley. It would had been nice to stay longer. The fall weather was so nice. 19C/61 F at 9AM. I am sure I would had found more photographs to take but we had other plans and we got on HWY # 5 heading north. I had read in my travel guide that CORNING (exit 631) was America’s “Olive city”. We thought it would be a perfect place to stop and buy some olives. Spanish missionaries introduced olives trees to California in the late 18th century. By the 1920s, Corning had seven olive canneries and the city still claims it packages more than half the nation ‘s olive crop. We like olives and olive oil, so visited the OLIVE PIT. You’ll find there many kind of olives , olive oil, balsamic vinegar and much more. You taste the olive oil with some bread. This was great. We purchased few things to take home and we are still enjoying it.
We went back on HWY #5 and soon enough we entered Shasta National Forests. Now, by mid-day , the temperature had raised to 32C/89F. We found a rest area for our pic-nick as we had done other days. With only 400 km/ 250 miles to go this day, there was no rush. This is how we like to travel. Enjoy the day and the journey. Our destination for the night was Weed, in Northern California. When the sun hit Mount Shasta, it was spectacular to see the change of color on the mountain. Mount Shasta is a potentially active volcano located at the southern end of the Cascade Range in Siskiyou County, California. At 14,179 feet, it is the second highest peak in the Cascades and the fifth highest in California.
It has been a while I post something on my blog. Life is always busy . I had written the story of our visit in Napa Valley and now it is time for me to post it…
What is the best time to visit Napa Valley ? I would say mid-week in October. For a long time Napa Valley was for me just a name but I was really curious to see it. You know what I mean! You hear about a place and then you start to think about it and soon enough you think it would be great to go there. And of course for me, it means photography ! Vineyards are beautiful places to see. I have seen vineyards here in British Columbia, in Québec, in Switzerland and in France ( a long long time ago). It is not really about wine tasting for me rather than being in awe with those fields of perfect lines. Looking at the magical grapes.
So, Napa Valley was a stop for two nights as we made plan to spend a whole day there. We got a wonderful guide-book at the Tourist Information. It helped us a lot to decide where we would be spending time. The cover of the book has a photography of “Castello di Amorosa” located in Calistoga. This 13th century Tuscan castle-winery is an amazing building. I have to say that discovering this castle was a highlight of our day. Here is a link if you want to get more information. http://www.castellodiamorosa.com/
we couldn’t ask for better weather. It was like a summer day int he mid 30C.I will not name all the places we stopped by during that day but they were all interesting for different reasons. Napa Valley covers a huge area and has so many wineries, more than 500 I think . You would never be able to see them all in a week. imagine, you would taste wine at each of them ! There are companies who bring people in little bus from one winery to another. It is the best as much safer ! So, with only one day, we did a quick tour but we knew also it would be possible to go back one day !
We started our day in Napa, stopping in Yountville at the Domaine Chandon. I knew from my guide-book that there was a nice garden , perfect for taking photos. At the Groth winery and its insectary garden I saw a hummingbird very busy on lavender and butterflies were around also !
We had a picnic in St.Helena. At the winery V. Sattui , we got food from the deli and enjoyed a rest in the tree-shaded garden. We stopped here and there but the very last winery , Artesa, was spectacular for the 360 degree views .
Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, you will find it there in the beautiful Napa Valley.