Brew boy just sent me a list of 14 breweries he would like to visit while in California this April.
EDIT- I LIED- IT’S 17.
True story time!
This reminded me of a trip we took to Napa Valley…
So, my #1 redhead is a 2nd level sommelier. She’s the type of person that could taste a wine and tell you what kind it is and where it’s from. It’s kind of freak, actually. Me, not so much: it’s red, rose, or white but I have at least learned to appreciate her talent.
At the time, she was also a server at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse which qualified her for “industry” status and meant she could taste wine at the numerous vineyards for free. I was then expected to be the “designated driver”. Which was fine with me because I’m not much of a drinker anyway.
We started out at Domain Chandon and by the time we got to the third vineyard, I had to stop tasting because I had a significant buzz going on. Primarily, also, because I didn’t eat much for breakfast before we left. I expected we’d, you know, eat something along the way. The missus, however, had different plans and could see she was having the time of her life. “Just one more vineyard” became her mantra. By the fifth vineyard, the pangs of hunger were pretty intense and I had to resort to chowing down on the crackers or bread which were supposed to used to cleanse your pallet between tastings.
The sun was setting with, finally, our FINAL stop at Coppola’s vineyard and I still hadn’t eaten anything I’d call food. Satisfied, and pretty intoxicated, she allowed me to have dinner but only if we could eat at where we started, Domain Chandon, she said in her best unslurred speech. To keep it short, it’s a high-end, fine dining experience. The portions reflected as much and we easily dropped $400 on dinner for two people (ah, life before kids). I was still super hungry and on the way back to the hotel, stopped at McDonald’s to get me a Big Mac and some fries. That was THE best $5 burger meal I’d ever eaten.
Now, if I find myself in similar situations, “Just one more vineyard” is my safe phrase.
My advice to Beloved, bring some back-up food in the event you hear “Just one more brewery”. You can thank me later. ^_^