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Spring has sprung in Napa and while many parts of the country are still trying to thaw out, Napa is ready to greet you to warm up and wine down! As the vines are just starting to turn green and bud, what better time to grab your best girl friends and treat yourself?
To help make this much needed girls weekend even easier, we already did the planning for you!
Flights: If you are flying, you have quite a variety of options for airports. Sacramento, Oakland and San Francisco are all within about an hour of Napa and can be reached by bus or car. For a shuttle, visit the Evans shuttle website for a full schedule.
Cars: While many people choose to rent a car and tour Napa on their own, there is also a great option to hire a private driver while in Napa. We highly recommend the paying a little bit more to have a driver and not risk any type of drinking and driving. Plus, you will find the sightseeing to be a lot more relaxing when you don’t have to navigate! We recommend using Royal Coach.
Accommodations: This one is a no brainer... where else can you stay that has a spa in a cave, a tasting room on property, vineyards to explore, a bowling alley and so much more! The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, CA 94558
Arrive in Napa around 3 pm, check into your room and mentally prepare for a weekend of amazing wine, food, laughter and fun!
Head straight to the pool area of the Meritage where you can grab a glass of Chardonnay, take in the fresh Napa Valley air and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Trinitas Estate Vineyard while soaking up a little afternoon sunshine.
Now that you have relaxed your mind and focused on your new surroundings, it’s time to start your adventure! Wander back into the Estate Cave, located below the Estate vineyard. Here you will find the entrance to the Trinitas Tasting Room and the Spa Terra. If you are ready to get serious about wine tasting, jump right in! With over 17 varieties of wine currently released, Trinitas is excited to help you pick your favorites and create your own custom flight. Or for the chocolate lovers, try the wine and chocolate pairing with exquisite chocolates by local chocolatier, Kollar Chocolates.
One of the great things about staying at the Meritage Resort is that you have access to a complimentary shuttle to downtown Napa. Hop on the shuttle and head to downtown Napa for dinner.
We recommend reservations at Tarla Grill, for a delicious Mediterranean meal and incredible service, located on 1st street.
After dinner, head just down the street to Empire for a night cap with their selection of great cocktails, fun music and a great vibe before catching the shuttle back to the Meritage.
Start your morning with coffee and a light breakfast at Blend Café.
OPTIONAL: If you are a morning person, take your coffee to go and head to the Estate Vineyard for a morning vineyard hike. Wander the paths of the Trinitas Estate Vineyard and see all 5 Bordeaux varieties of grapes and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of our vineyard rabbits!
Dive head first into a relaxing Saturday with a morning spa treatment at the Spa Terra, the world’s only spa inside of a cave. We recommend a massage, but plan extra time so that you can enjoy the other amenities and relaxation rooms inside of the spa.
Every girls weekend needs to start with bubbly! Luckily, there is some amazing sparkling wine nearby. Make your first stop at Domaine Carneros and enjoy sitting outside at the Chateau with a flight of sparkling.
Getting hungry? Head to the Carneros Inn for lunch at the Boon Fly Cafe. It's a cute little place with a great menu with salads, sandwiches, flatbreads, etc!
Now it’s time to get serious about wine. Visit Etude Winery just down the street in Carneros for a premium or reserve tasting and make a stop at Saintsbury for an afternoon tasting in the English garden.
Take advantage of the Meritage evening shuttle and head downtown for a cocktail, glass of wine or a small appetizer before dinner. If you are looking for a little wine and cheese before dinner, head to the Oxbow Public Market and visit the Oxbow Wine and Cheese Merchant or if you are looking for Oysters, visit the Hog Island Oyster Company, also inside the Oxbow Market.
For a classy Saturday night dinner, spoil yourself! We recommend making reservations at Cole’s Chop House in downtown Napa. Whether you are in the mood for steak, or something lighter, this menu will not disappoint!
After dinner, wander over to 1313 Main for an impressive selection of wines to choose from and maybe a little dessert before catching the Meritage shuttle back to the Resort.
For breakfast, order room service! You’re on vacation and you deserve it!
Head north and make your first stop at Mumm Napa for some sparkling wine while sitting outside on the terrace overlooking the vineyards.
Without having to travel far, visit ZD Wines, a family owned and operated winery just next door with a wide variety of tasting experiences available.
Grab lunch at Soda Canyon Store right off of Silverado Trail.
For a truly enchanting experience, make your last stop at The Trinitas Library for the 3:30 pm Archive Tasting. While the property is not your typical Napa Valley Estate, this hidden gem will provide you with a unique overview of the Napa Valley from soil types to learning about the life cycle of the vine, you won’t want to miss it.
After your last tasting, head just down the street to the Meritage for a cocktail at the Commons bar, located just off the lobby. We recommend the Lush Crush cocktail, made to order by the wonderful bartender, Gina.
For a delicious dinner, visit Siena for a Napa Valley inspired menu prepared by Executive Chef Krisztian Karkus. Bring a bottle of your favorite wine from your tastings or try a new one from their wine list.
After dinner, head over to Crush Ultra Lounge and trade in those heels for some really classy bowling shoes! Grab a lane and loser has to buy the next round of drinks!
If you are looking for the perfect late night and end to a girls weekend, grab a bottle of wine and head out to one of the cozy fire places on property and gather around with your friends and your wine and share some old and new stories, oh and don’t forget to also decide when your next girls weekend trip will be!
We hate to see you go, but know that many of you will sadly leave Napa after a long weekend and head back to your “real life” elsewhere. Please don’t stay away for too long! We will be here, ready for your return and eager to greet you with open arms and a glass of wine!
It is with great excitement that I announce the winner of the OC Wine Mart blind Chardonnay tasting! Our beloved Trinitas Chardonnay stole the prize as the overwhelming favorite!
Greetings from Verona. I am here with Armando and the rest of the Fumanelli winery team preparing for our big international debut at VinItaly. It is such an exciting time to be in Verona as there are months of preparation that go into the event and there will be thousands of wine producers from near and far pouring wine in the historic city of Verona.
This year marks a very special opportunity for us as our dear friends, the Fumanellis, have invited us to pour along side them at the exhibition. I am so excited to meet wine lovers and enthusiasts from all over the world and show them the Trinitas wines that so many of us love and share.
VinItaly starts on Sunday officially, so in these days of preparation. Armando and Roberta have show my fiancée, Betsy, and me all the best places to eat delicious local salame, prosciutto, pasta and more and also where to try other great Amarone wines!
Another great part of being in Verona during this time is that we get to see the vineyards that produce the grapes for our Family Collection Amarone grow and develop. We are just starting to see the signs of buds breaking and shoots about to emerge! A very exciting time indeed.
Just over a year ago we hosted the Fumanellis at Trinitas in Napa for "Napa Meets Verona" where we brought the local music, cuisine and wine of Verona to Napa. Tomorrow the Fumanellis are hosting more than 50 people at their home, Squarano, for "Verona Meets Napa" featuring music, cuisine and Trinitas wines from Napa! We are very much looking forward for this chance to make new friends and continue to share our love and passion for wine with others. Here is a picture of Squarano, where we will have the dinner event tomorrow:
Trinitas Cellars is always on the go, traveling all of the country to bring our variety of wines to your homes. This week, Trinitas is branching out beyond its national travel and Proprietor, Garrett Busch and fiancée, Betsy, have packed their bags (full of Trinitas wine of course) and are headed to Verona, Italy for VinItaly!
This is a very exciting opportunity for Trinitas, as it is our first international appearance and Garrett and Betsy will be pouring our wines alongside wines from all over the world. Trinitas will be featuring a variety of wines, including our Chardonnay, Mysterium and a selection of our other favorites to share with new friends and fans.
Verona is a place very near and dear to Trinitas for a variety of reasons. Verona is not only the location for VinItaly, but is also the home of our Family Collection Amarone wine and dear friends, Armando and Roberta Fumanelli, as well as the spot where Garrett proposed to his fiancée last April.
It is here in Verona, in the Valpolicella region that our Trinitas Family Collection Amarone is grown, dried and made into the beautiful wine that we have come to love and enjoy. The Fumanelli family has been growing grapes and making wine since the 15th century. Making the most of the long trip, Garrett and Betsy will also be checking in on the vineyards where the Amarone grapes are harvested and the barrels of the more recent vintages of our Trinitas Amarone that are not yet ready to be bottled.
If you are in Verona this week, stop by our booth and say hi! Ciao!
Looking for a new Napa Valley experience? Join us in the Trinitas Library for our new "Reserve Tasting". Explore our "Sun Room", focusing on the sun, the first element of the Trinity of fine winemaking. While enjoying your flight of both reserve and current release wines, you will experience the lifecycle of the vine and seasons of the vineyard.
Hope to see you soon! Click here for more information about our new tasting offerings and reservations!
As some of you have heard from our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds, the vineyards here in Southern Napa have bud break which excited us all as the weather warms up! The one and only appellation that Napa shares with our neigboring valley friends is the Cameros, a rich clay and sand influenced soil that makes for an incredible home to Burgunduan style grapes such as Pinot noir, Pinot munier and of course Chardonnay.
California Chardonnay has evolved over the last decade from overlooked and under appreciated to cult following. It is for this very reason Trinitas has grown the Chardonnay program to touch many palates.
We have recently celebrated various past vintages of Chardonnay with the opening of our newest Trinitas adventure - The Trinitas Library. Tasting multiple back to back vintages has shown us two things:
1- that barrel aged Chardonnays can age and show gloriously a few years after release
2- our Chardonnay story is a huge testament to our loyal fans the Wine Society
As we enjoy the first day of Spring, I can't wait to pop open a bottle of 2011 Carneros Chardonnay. Brimming with caramel green apples, vanilla and spice and everything nice this wine brings one to believe that the magic of new beginnings is possible as it is encapsulated so well in this bottle. Here is to a new season - new beginnings with old friends enjoy the 2011 Chardonnay
Last Friday the Trinitas Team visited Demptos Cooperage, who produces the oak barrels we use in our Chardonnay program. Will Jamieson, Master Cooper, was kind enough to give us a tour.
Here are a few things that we learned…
It takes almost as long for the barrel to be made as it does most wines. Good oak is air dried. It needs the optimum amount of humidity (too much and it warps, too little it splinters) and heat (too little and it takes longer, too much and it splinters).
American oak is just as good as French oak! True they are different species, and American oak does cost less, but trust us, the quality is the same. American oak is able to produce more staves per log than French as French oak is more porous and delicate. The grain must be followed exactly – it must be hand split, whereas American oak has tighter grain and can be split with less waste (meaning more barrels produced)
Oak harvesting is not detrimental to the environment. Demptos Cooperage (where we toured) gets their American oak from Missouri forests. If you were to fly over them you would see sustainably managed lush greenery – no clear cutting! As oak trees must be fully mature (think 100 years) to use for barrels, the smaller, younger trees are left alone to grow. The trees that are removed are done so in a strategic way to help prevent overgrowth and forest fires as well.
Also ... the room where the barrels are assembled, bent and toasted, smells amazing!
Bonus fun fact: We use almost all new American Oak barrels on our Chardonnay programs. Check out these wines that receive the benefits of these beautiful American Oak barrels:
Well, I'm on the road again... this time in Florida! At least it's a lot warmer than the week I spent in Michigan last week! I'm with our great Florida distributor, Unfiltered Unfined Wines and yesterday we stopped by a great little place, Petty's Meat Market in Melbourne, Florida. I met with Hunter and we tasted through some of our Trinitas favorites. Petty's has a wide variety of Trinitas wines on its shelf, including our Proprietor's Reserve Chardonnay and Mysterium, as well as some new additions to the shelf with our Apprentice Chardonnay, Old Vine Zinfandel, Meritage and Moscato! To anyone in the Melbourne, Florida area, this is definitely the place to go to please any palate. Thank you Hunter and Petty's for having me and I hope that we can return the favor and host you in Napa soon!
Petty's Meat Market - Babcock Location - 1616 South Babcock Street, Melbourne, Florida - (321) 725-0400
Here in the Trinitas Cellars Tasting Room, we celebrate connections. We want nothing more than to connect with our guests personally (You!), to connect each guest with their favorite wine (with over 15 small production, current releases that’s easy!), and to connect each wine with the food pairing that will enhance its inherent subtleties (Yum!). This is why we have partnered with Kollar Chocolates for a perfect pairing.
Chris Kollar and Naomi Pasztor have brought a truly delicious European style of truffle to the heart of Napa Valley.
Their handmade chocolate truffles are at first glance awe-inspiring. We often hear from our guests, “They’re too pretty! I don’t know if I want to eat them!”
Those who have tasted their truffles before may hesitate for a minute to take in their eye-candy charm. But we can’t help it- We have to indulge! Each truffle is a delicate combination of dark chocolate ganache and unique flavors that we can’t pass up.
What better way to celebrate an engagement (above), an anniversary, or just a regular weekday treat?!
Our Trinitas wine and Kollar chocolate pairing is offered daily from 11 am - 7 pm, no appointment required! Drop by our tasting room soon and visit us for some wine and chocolate soon!
Grape growers and winemakers in Napa Valley are a lot like 7 year old kids at Christmas Time – kids write to Santa Claus asking for all their wishes to come true. We in the wine business cast our wishes to the Wine Gods as our growing season evolves. We wish for warm, not hot, days; cool, not cold, nights; breezes in the summer, but not the spring; low rainfall, but not TOO low; etc. etc. etc. Normally in the Napa Valley we are blessed with most of our wishes. And, now and then, we get everything we wished for – the 7 year old kid version of the pony on the front lawn on Christmas morning. 2007 was just such a year. We were blessed with perfect growing conditions and our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from that year is our shining example. Big, yet smooth, with mouth filling fruitiness and soft, subtle tannins. Great with a big juicy steak or a dark chocolat tort. It is about to enter the endangered species list here at Trinitas, so come and either get it or regret it!
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