Chicago Food and Travel Photographer

Adventures in Napa Valley

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Napa Valley and San Francisco for a week and I was extremely impressed with the beautiful scenery, amazing food, and wine.  One of my favorite vineyards on our tour was Beaulieu Vineyard and Provenance Vineyard.  Jeff and the crew at Beaulieu were superb hosts and their wine is top notch.  He did a great job of educating our group on what to look for in good wine and a twirl that could make a sommelier nervous.  Provenance also had amazing wine and plush grounds to match.



During our entire trip mother nature was very cooperative - we had almost no rain and several days of bright blue skies. One morning in Napa I managed to get up at dawn and get a few shots of the sunrise over the mountains.  It was an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. Every picture and view has mountainous back drops and plush rolling hills.  This was my first trip to the valley but I'm already planning a trip back.

After Napa Valley we headed back to San Francisco taking the "scenic route" with stops at Muir Woods and Muir Beach.  At Muir Beach we discovered a path that led up the mountain to a picturesque view of the beach and coastline.  The over 30 minute trek was well worth it.  And of course no trip to San Francisco is complete without a taste of some of its great restaurants - one of our favorites was lunch at Delarosa for pizza and Italian tapas.