On the Road with Garrett and Betsy Busch: Day Three
Day 3: Lettsworth to Cajun Country
Waking up this morning was tough… we slept a little too well after such a fun day with Brandy and Kevin! These Louisiana folk sure know how to throw a party!
We loaded up our car and started the drive down to Larose, which we were informed is officially “Cajun country”. Larose is about an hour south of New Orleans and out on the Bayou. We were excited to head out that way to be reunited with our friends Karrie and Todd who we had the pleasure of meeting at Masters & Makers in Napa in February 2014 and seeing again at this year’s Masters & Makers with many of their friends.
The drive wasn’t too bad and we fueled up on coffee and headed South, keeping an eye out for gators and other swamp creatures as we headed down to the south end of the state. Once again, we learned that Google Maps does not know where things are in Louisiana and we drove a little too far, ending up in Cutoff, Louisiana and having to turn around to find Karrie and Todd’s house.
We arrived to a beautiful house that Todd and Karrie built themselves… talk about the most amazing wood work and crown molding and attention to detail! We also quickly saw that Karrie and Todd were ready to give the Meritage banquets team a run for their money in terms of hospitality and entertaining! Karrie had hot gumbo on the stove waiting for us and wow was that a treat!
Garrett and I had shipped some wine ahead of time and Karrie and Todd had invited many of their friends over for a little wine and cheese party at 2 o'clock! We were awed by the beautiful presentation of cheeses and snacks and the most delicious Brie cheese covered with homemade pecan praline preserves and fig preserves. Talk about an amazing pairing!
Right on time, guests started arriving and we met some new friends and saw some familiar faces, including Wayne and Jerrie, who also had visited us back in February in Napa! What a joy to be reunited and share some laughs over our last adventure together.
Garrett and I had a lot of fun introducing everyone to Trinitas wines and poured quite the spread, although still only a small sampling of our 24+ wine portfolio! We poured the 2008 BB, 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Carneros Chardonnay, 2011 Pinot Noir, 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel, 2011 Mysteriama, 2009 Meritage, 2012 Martin Vineyard Cabernet, 2012 Malbec, 2012 Merlot and 2012 Cabernet Francis! I don’t think that anyone went home thirsty!
The weather got a little rainy outside, but nobody seemed to notice because were having too much fun sipping and chatting away inside. While I am still working on my Cajun accent, I learned that Cajun French is a little bit different than the French that I learned back in high school in California, so Karrie shared her Cajun dictionary with me so that I can study up!
After the “wine tasting” portion of the evening ended, we shared a wonderful dinner with Karrie, Todd, Wayne and Jerrie and of course, drank out of our Riedel glasses that we learned about at the Shape of the Glass tasting at Masters and Makers! The glass matters! So proud to see the influence that Napa has had on how people across the country enjoy their wine!
After maybe too much wine… we decided to call it a night.
Too much fun tonight… this trip just keeps getting better!
Laissez les bon temps roulez!