pass the wine.

I hope each and every one of you had a fabulous weekend! I still can't believe it's over... 
To help distract you from the inevitable Monday blues, I thought I'd share the fifth day of photos 
from our trip out west. These photos show the first glimpses of the {d}s who joined us from 
Denver for the wine country leg of our trip. 

{jd} and {cv} were roommates in Charlotte during two of the three years {cv} and 
I were long distance. I shared many a weekend visiting {cv} hanging with {jd} too. Thankfully, 
he met {rt} and then introduced me to this vivacious redhead who is now one of my closest friends. 
{cv} and I were both honored to be a part of their big day in 2009...when {rt} became {rd} :) 
It was easy to travel with this pair because they're always up for an adventure--and we're 
always laughing! These are a few snapshots from the first full day of our reunion...

The pictures should reveal that we ate AND drank very, very well during our time in wine country. Bouchon Bistro made the perfect lunch stop in Yountville! We got a little taste of Thomas Keller 
through a perfect lobster bisque and an incredible croque madame. It made for a great start to our 
time in the Napa Valley. From Bouchon, we headed for V. Sattui on the recommendation of {rd}'s coworker and got a taste for a bustling family vineyard, swarming with visitors. 

As a complete contrast, we then headed to Newton Vineyard for a "semi" private tour. It was just the four of us until a few more straggled in 20 minutes into the tour. {cv} and I had first tasted a Newton
wine at the winestore in Charlotte--and wanted to see just where these tasty vintages were made. We're so glad we made the trip to this secluded and spectacular estate....the staff was outstanding and the views were even better. Though it was one of our more expensive tastings, it was worth every penny.

 Before dinner at Morimoto, we checked into our two bedroom suite at the Silverado Resort
This set-up worked splendidly for us because we were able to get two bedrooms and two 
bathrooms with some common living space, so we could maximize our time with the {d}s :) 
The Silverado was one of those decisions which made our reunion that much better!

The fantastic fare and the stellar service at Morimoto capped off our first day in Napa. We cabbed 
to the restaurant so we could fully enjoy our dinner, which ended up being a great decision. I don't 
think I could pick a favorite dish, though the rock shrimp tempura {not pictured sadly} and the donuts were absurdly good. If you're not hungry reading this, I'm impressed ;) I am just writing about it!

Do you make time for reunions with friends?
How do you maximize your time together?

Hope these photos helped to make your Monday a little brighter!
Thanks again to all the lovely ladies who linked up for Friday's Fancies :) 
I'm already looking forward to this Friday! See you tomorrow...xoxo {av}

P.S. Keep your eyes peeled for a few more doses of wine country--including our hot air balloon ride!


  1. Gosh, looks like such a fabulous time!! Makes me excited for Napa:)

  2. ok, now i am more than convinced that when manu and i take our usa road trip next year, we have to do everything you did in cali! haha! i am bookmarking you now. thank you for these amazing guides!

  3. That vineyard looks glorious! Im super jealous of your pictures. Everything looks like so much fun!

  4. fun! i want to go back to ca :)

  5. Looks like a blast! I love the CA wine country!

  6. This looks like such a great trip! And delicious too! Makes me wish I had a trip like this coming up!

  7. Now I have wanderlust for wine country! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This makes me so excited for my trip in October! :)

  9. Mmm, how I love wine country! Glad you guys had such a gorgeous day there!

  10. This would be my idea of a fabulous vacation. Love these pictures.

  11. this post made me starving. a croque madame?! and donuts?! yes please. cant wait to see those hot air balloon photos. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

  12. Love the pics! I have the exact picture of the bridge - the first one in your collage. That's exactly the spot where I was proposed to :)

  13. Oh isn't V. Sattui amazing?! Love that place. Sounds like you had an absolute stellar time!

  14. The scenery at the vineyard looks amazing! How beautiful... I want to sit in the shade and sip on some wine and look out over these vineyards. Lovely!

  15. Wow, that looks amazing AV! You deserved the break!

    You are so brave to go in a hot air balloon. I think I would pass out :)

    Haley @ Cardigan Junkie

  16. This looks wonderful and that photo of food looks delicious. What an amazing trip, I've always wanted to go to the wine country.

  17. Wine county is always so pretty!
    I actually don't really prioritize time with friends but I do with family and God! At least, I'm getting better at prioritizing it!

  18. Hot air balloon ride? I can't wait to hear all about that!

    We definitely try to spend some time with friends when we visit can get tricky but we try to be flexible (and thankfully our friends are too!) Sometimes it's breakfast at Panera and others it's spending the night at their house so we get to spend some quality time together but whatever it looks like, I'm always thankful that we have that time together :)