Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Four Days in Napa: Schoolhouse Vineyard

There is something to be said about the personal touch and the intimate and cozy wine tasting experience at Schoolhouse Vineyard.  Located in St. Helena off Spring Mountain Road, this winery is a labour of love for John Gantner and Nancy Walker where they use dry farming to produce great wines.

Another bonus:  there is no tasting fee because as Nancy told me when I booked our appointment "Our wines are so good, we don't need to charge a tasting fee.  We know you'll want to buy".

Don't worry if you can't make it to Napa to try, Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street now carries this label.










Sunday, June 15, 2014

Here's to Dad

Dads come in all shapes and sizes; and make a huge impact on our kids lives. Below is a selection of images that pulled at my heartstrings – as a way to say thank you for all you do. Happy Father's Day! 










Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Four Days in Napa: Observations at Failla Wines

Another great winery we visited last March was Failla Wines.  Their specialty is Pinot Noir and since I'm in a pinot phase, we had to check it out.  

Geoff was our guide and he gave us a tour and a tasting in their amazing cellars tunnelled into the hillside of their property in St. Helena.  Definitely worth a visit.

Below are a few of my observations.















Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Baking with the Boys

Last Friday was a strike day. To keep my boys occupied, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try baking a chocolate cake from Rosie Daykin's Butter Baked Goods Cookbook.

This would be my second attempt at baking a chocolate cake. The first was for my boys' first birthday.  And, it was terrible.  It looked great and made a cute display cake.  My sister-in-law rescued me and brought over her leftover chocolate cake so that we could all celebrate. 

My boys and I have been having some good success with the recipes from Butter Baked Goods.  So, we decided to try the chocolate cake.  Below are the highlights from our day – with the finished result at the end (you'll have to scroll down to see our masterpiece). 

I was truly impressed with how meticulous and dedicated to the whole experience my boys were.  And, the cake didn't turn out badly either.