Some vines grow along sides of mountains so steep that I just don't know how they pick those grapes! There are random palm trees sprinkled throughout the land, reminding you that you may be in the middle of fertile farmland, but you're still in sunny California.
And of course, there is good wine everywhere... literally everywhere. Even the local grocery store sells wine by the glass! Wineries line the main road with beautifully landscaped driveways just tempting you to come and see what's inside.
And the food... well the food? It's just out of this world! Not only that, but there were so many amazing gluten free choices! Remember the local grocery store I was talking about? They had gourmet sandwiches with gluten free bread! Oh and what about amazing gluten free cookies made with Sauvignon Blanc grape skin flour? They had those too. Yes please. I was in heaven!
On our last night in Napa, we had dinner at Bottega, which is celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello's restaurant. You might have seen him in his amazing show on the Food Network, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. It was one of the best meals I have ever had in my entire life. For dessert we had a beautiful spread of sorbets. My favorite one was the coconut sorbet. I couldn't get enough!
Lauren Marie’s Gluten Free
Coconut Frozen Yogurt came to be!
Now, when I'm wishing I was back in Napa, I can whip this up, pour myself a glass of wine, and remember, that the "simple is better, fresh is best" attitude is really just a state of mind.