This past weekend, J and I discovered one of our new favorite wineries - Casa Nuestra. What a hidden gem. We stumbled upon it because we were looking for a low key vineyard where we could bring a picnic lunch, buy a bottle of delicious vino, and sit outside to enjoy the 75 degree temps.
Casa Nuestra came up in a list of “The Best Wine Country Picnics” in Napa Valley by SF Gate. They nailed it, calling the winery “hippie-dippy”. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect spot. The family-owned, appointment-only funky farmhouse was established in historic St. Helena in 1979. The name Casa Nuestra means “our house” and was named by the vineyards predecessor, after his spanish-mexican heritage. I’m already in love with it for its name and history, but wait there’s more…
Their wines are produced entirely by their organic vineyards (and let me tell you they are tasty) and all three buildings on the property are solar-powered. Like most wineries in Napa, if you buy a bottle of wine the tasting fee will be waived. Welp, we certainly didn’t hesitate - we purchased a bottle of their most popular Tinto to have with lunch, and a bottle with the cutest label I’ve ever seen, Two Goats Red, to take home with us.
We sat outside in chairs made of wine barrels, listening to the birds chirp as we devoured our lunch and half the bottle of Tinto. This was our happy place.
And you want to know one more reason we fell in love with this quaint little spot? A goat named Elvis (named after the one and only Elvis Presley who filmed a movie on the property)!
A must visit, I know we’ll be back, but let’s keep this our little secret, eh?
J instagram-ing Elvis
Best wine label
My happy place
A few other photos worth sharing via the internet :)
Holy moly this actually works! I watched Jordan’s video below and found a bunch of others. AH-mazing.
What is this madness?
this isn’t possible, is it?
Wizardry! From the French!
(If you know any ways to remove wine bottle corks sans openers, please leave them in the comments for the edification of all.)
A much overdue birthday post…
Last year’s birthday post has inspired me to keep up the tradition of tracking the birthday activities, venues, and eats.The past five were spent in NYC and how fun it was to look back on how things changed over the years - so this marked my first west coast birthday! The b-day fell on a Wednesday night this year so the night before my good friend Kate threw me a little girlie get together at her apt with apps and wine (we tried ReWinery, yay!), and then Wednesday night Jeremy and I dined at Nopa (which was delicious and took a month to get a reservation!) The weekend following, in typical northern California style, we rallied together Sarah and Danielle, who you remember from my recent travels and their BFs, and our good friends Jared and Carmen who you remember from many fun SF & Maine adventures and we headed up to Jeremy’s parents condo in Napa (thanks Franks!) for some eating, drinking, and living room dance-partying.
Thanks to everyone for such a great birthday! Some of the fun details and snaps below.
Good Eats & Drinks: ReWinery, Strawberry Short-Cake & Strawberry Confetti Cake
(I’m on some weird strawberry kick this year I guess), Pinata (?!) + Flabongo, and lots of delicious wine and bubbles
Double the birthday, double the fun! Gar’s (Sarah’s bf) birthday was a week after mine so we thought it was the perfect excuse for us to combine forces and head away for the weekend to celebrate.
Group shot at Guilliams Winery in Spring Mountain district - highly reco this family run spot, you’ll need resi, but it’s totally worth the gorgeous drive up the mountain.
Pedro the Pinata
Pot de Crème a la Nopa
Apps via Lauren and Kate :)
Strawberry Short Cake
ReWinery success! How adorbs are those labels? We had to keep the bottles. The “Mission” Pinot Noir was our fav (far right).
What was in this box you ask? A tennis racket and 3 hour long tennis lessons at the CA Tennis Club!
Have you SF’ers heard of this amazing service?
Basically the next time you are desperately in need of a glass of vino and are too lazy or just can’t make it to the store - Rewinery will bring you a trio of delicious high-quality wines to your home, office, or even your picnic blanket in Dolores Park - for a flat free of $40!
You can order wine daily until 2 AM within SF by phone or via their iPhone app. I mean, this sounds like a dream if ya ask me. Reminds me of the delivery ice-cream club I joined in NYC which was amazing. I will give it a try and let you know how it goes.
Thanks to Tasting Table for the note.
About a year ago a bunch of us went to Lil Frankies in NYC’s east village for a nice hearty Sunday dinner. Lauren, (my current roommate!) happened to be in town visiting and we wanted to show her our idea of the perfect cozy NYC spot for wine and pizza as a way to wind down the weekend.
One thing that is AMAZING about this gem besides the food of course, is that they offer Wine by Consumption. What does this mean you ask?
As far as we know, we are the only restaurant that offers a program like this. We are willing to open any of the bottles on this list and pour you a glass. Or a half a glass. Or open the bottle and leave you alone with it until you have reached your limit, or the bottom. You let us know when you are finished and we will measure the bottle and charge you accordingly.
How great is that? This was the only restaurant I knew that offered such an amazing service until I moved out to SF and discovered Frances - another gem.
*Picture above: Sunday family dinner = Two pizzas, two pastas, two salads, two bottles of vino. Thanks Frankie. Saying we left full is an understatement.