Saturday in Napa Valley, with shoes!

Saturday was cool but pleasantly sunny. We started the day with a walk around Yountville and environs, then had a leisurely brunch at the Vintage Inn before driving up to St. Helena to stroll around downtown and visit some of my favorite clothing and shoes stores. We met up with our friends Joe and Kelley at Gordon’s and stopped at Pine Ridge for a tasting before heading to Spring Mountain Vineyard for our scheduled tour and tasting. We aren’t closet Falcon Crest fanatics, but I can see why they would have chosen this spot for filming – it really was a spectacular setting. We especially liked the 2001 Elivette Reserve, though the small production Pinot was quite nice and the Wine Spectator’s raves about the 2003 Sauvignon Blanc (May '05 issue) are well-deserved. And finally, on to our 5:30 dinner at French Laundry…