Aug 8, 2011

My trip to Napa Valley, California....I think they were expecting me:)

Napa Valley is one of the most stunning places in California with plush rolling greens, amazing food, and some of the most gorgeous vineyards I've ever seen......

After checking out some of Napa Valley's finest, we settled down for lunch, and wouldn't you know....... they were serving up some "Saba"! 

The dressing is ssimmered in copper kettles over an open flame, saba is the sweet reduction of grape must. It's the same must used for balsamic vinegar, except cooked down even more, to about one-third its original volume. Saba is aged for 4 years. With a fruity character, this sweet and syrupy liquid has hints of ripe grapes, sweet plums, and raisins. Drizzle over cheesecake, on ice cream, over panna cotta, or on fresh fruit.

 We enjoyed a number of delicacies for lunch, but this plate was one of my favorites.  It's a Wood Oven Duck, "a L'Orange", so colorful and tasty!
We were also privileged enough to enter this cool wine cave at the Reverie Vineyard, complete with French Oak Barrels as well as a banquet table used for special events, exclusive dinners, and tastings. 

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