Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin and will run regularly, you guessed it, every Friday. This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.
Anyone that knows Juliet and I, knows that we are big
drunks wine connoisseurs, and well, how can you not when you live 5 miles from a winery, 60 miles from one of the smaller-but-still-well-renowned wine valleys in California, about 450 miles from Napa/Sonoma Valley and have close relatives that live a few minutes drive from 3 different wine valleys? Needless to say, we have tasted wine from all over the world and had the fun travels of visiting many of these esteemed regions.
Today’s photo comes from Napa, CA and the Andretti Winery. Juliet and I were in the area on vacation, just skipping around town in our rental car, trying random wineries and eateries, killing time before a scheduled barrel tasting tour at another vintner’s tasting room. We stumbled across Andretti Winery on a small cross road between the 2 main roads in Napa Valley. Nestled in between these very busy wine trails were a few wineries that we took note of as we drove by. As we checked the time, we realized we had about 45 minutes to kill, and Andretti Winery caught my eye.
We had a small discussion, as we drove up, surrounding the name “Andretti” and its origins. First thing in my mind was Mario Andretti, the famed race car driver. I assumed this was a mere coincidence, as we pulled up to the winery and tasting room. A very quaint tasting room entrance, complete with a fountain and old Tuscan feel (as you can see on the bottle label above), we were none the wiser. Upon entering, you are greeted with faux painted checkered pattern on the walls. Miscellaneous books and other Andretti Winery swag gave it away, and we had winery employees validate that this was in fact the winery of Mario Andretti. Being of Italian heritage, wine was always a hobby and interest of Mario during and after his career as a driver.
We enjoyed a wonderful experience and amazing wines at the tasting room and even left with a wine club membership. All in all, not a bad place to stumble upon.
Now, I could go on and on about the winery, the wine, the employees, everything, but I think you get the point. We have been back many times, making the trek from Southern California to Napa on any occasion we got. If you are at all interested in wine, I urge you to check out the winery if you are in Napa, or if you are not, follow along with the Andretti Winery Twitter feed, as they are constantly running specials for their Twitter followers.
Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Canon IS USM 28-135mm | Exposure – F/4 – ISO 800 – 1/40th