Category Archives: Quotes

NAPA VALLEY Stroll. Explore. Prost.

My love affair with this place started when I saw Carrie Bradshaw talking to Mr. Big regarding his move from New York to Napa Valley.

“Well when you’re tired you take a nap-a you don’t move to Napa.”

From then on, it made me wonder, what kind of place will you exchange for New York? When I was planning my itinerary for San Francisco, my eyes caught a glimpse of the small letters “Napa” on the map and asked? Is this The Napa Valley? Yes, an hour away from the city. My heart pounded and like so many things in my life … Serendipity stepped in…. A pleasant surprise.

The Famous Napa Landmark

The Famous Napa Landmark

Napa Valley AVA is an American Viticultural Area ( a designated wine grape-growing region in the United States distinguishable by geographic features, with boundaries defined by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the United States Department of the Treasury) located in Napa County, California, United States.

Napa Valley is considered one of the premier wine regions in the world but production of commercial wine started in the 19th century only.

The combination of Mediterranean climategeography and geology of the region are conducive to growing quality wine grapes. John Patchett established the Napa Valley’s first commercial vineyard in 1858. In 1861 Charles Krug established another of Napa Valley’s first commercial wineries in St. Helena. Viticulture in Napa suffered several setbacks in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including an outbreak of the vine disease phylloxera, the institution of Prohibition, and the Great Depression. The wine industry in Napa Valley recovered, and helped by the results of the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, came to be seen as capable of producing the best quality wine – equal to that of Old World wine regions. Napa Valley is now a major enotourism (refers to tourism whose purpose is or includes the tasting, consumption or purchase of wine, often at or near the source. Where other types of tourism are often passive in nature, enotourism can consist of visits to wineries, tasting wines, vineyard walks, or even taking an active part in the harvest) destination. – Wikipedia

I was discouraged so many times to visit because of the massive valley fire that hit Napa during the time that I was there. But my heart can’t allow something that is within my reach to go unfulfilled. Like a love that you had to let go because circumstances aren’t right. But still you take it head-on … Life is short for what-might-have-beens.

And Lo! And behold. I felt my heart skipped a beat when I saw the rolling vineyards slowly unfolded as we traversed the valley. With all the drama, I told myself … Mr. Big have every reason to move here … I would have.

The Vineyard

The Vineyard

So many wineries … so little time.

Peju – Tony Peju purchased the 30 acre land because of love for farming and passion for wine. Inside Peju, you can have wine tasting, buy wine and merchandise. They are famous for handcrafted Peju ceramics and custom logo Peju apparel. There is also an access to the wine cellar for visitors. This is also one of the winery featured at the Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Peju

Peju Cellar

 

Grapes in the Vineyard

Grapes in the Vineyard

Castello di Amorosa – located at St. Helena, Calistoga. It is a 13th century inspired Tuscan castle in a 170 beautiful acres of forest, hill, lake and stream. All the metal in the castle was hand-forged over the open flame by the one of the last remaining blacksmiths in Umbria, Italy. Activities: guided tour and tasting (25 USD), wine and cheese pairing and royal food and wine pairing.

Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa

Wine Tasting with our wine guy, Vincenzo Coppola

Wine Tasting with our wine guy, Vincenzo Coppola

V. Sattui Winery – it stands today as the result of hard work, dedication, and the extraordinary vision of two men who happen to be related.  Vittorio Sattui started the business in 1885 after emigrating from Genoa, Italy.  But it was Dario, the grandson who resurrected the business in Napa. This winery has a deli unlike the others. You can buy food and have a picnic outside the lawn.

Entrance of V. Sattui

Entrance of V. Sattui

Robert Mondavi Winery – with a legacy of more than 40 years of winemaking, it is a shining symbol of Napa. The architecture of Cliff May reflects the missions of early California history.

Façade of Mondavi Winery

Façade of Mondavi Winery

Afternoon Solace by the Garden

Afternoon Solace by the Garden

Here is the list of additional wineries in Napa recommended:

 

Hagafen Cellars                                                                      Domaine Chandon

Artesa                                                                                      Beringer

Rutherford Hill Winery                                                           Duckhorn Vineyards

Domaine Carneros                                                                 Etude Winery

Paraduxx Winery

 

Did you know?

  • Wine is fat-free and contains no cholesterol
  • A six ounce glass of wine contains approximately 130 calories
  • California produces approximately 77% of the US wine grape crop
  • Although red wine can only be produced from red grapes, white wine can be produced from both red and white grapes. – Wine Country

 

3 Simple Steps to Wine Tasting

  1. Swirl – swirl the wine vigorously in the glass. As the wine coats the sides of the glass, it releases its aroma of bouquet.
  2. Sniff – Insert your nose into the glass and inhale by taking quick, full sniffs. The aromas can be quite different depending on how far into the glass your nose goes. At the top of the glass, they are more floral and fruity; deeper in the glass, they are richer. Try to detect the full range of scents from berry to floral to spicy to woody … and so on.
  3. Taste – Sip a small amount of wine and move it over your entire tongue so that all your taste buds come in contact with it. Taste for sweetness or dryness. Or is it flat and flabby? Tannins (used in red wines to keep them from spoiling) will feel sort of prickly on your tongue. The ideal touch is a mellow softness – a velvety feeling in your mouth. – Wine Country

Trip Tips

  • Start the trip in the morning. Wineries close at 5pm
  • Wear cotton and your sunnies. It can be very hot during fall.
  • Coffee Break at Dean and Deluca.
  • Have a designated driver who won’t drink. DUI isn’t cool.

Napa Valley will always be a place close to my heart. It will always hold a special memory in my psyche each time I take a sip of wine.  It will always be a place that I will remember with fondness and love. In life, there will be people in your life that will come and wander far … you will tend to forget … like wine kept in a cellar for long.  When it is the perfect time, they will come back, a little older, a little wiser but the essence will remain and this time they might stay. Just like aged wine, it will be at its best, at its finest when it finally touched your lips. Prost!

There are moments, above all on June evenings, when the lakes that hold our moons are sucked into the earth, and nothing is left but wine and the touch of a hand. – Charles Morgan

 

 

KEEP THE FORK !

As a believer of pleasant surprises around the bend … always anticipating the best in everything … an optimist that tells the universe of the good things and deems it will all be possible … I came across this in FB by This is Epic … it has written what I have always been … what I will still be … read on …

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.

Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. ‘There’s one more thing,’ she said excitedly..

‘What’s that?’ came the Pastor’s reply.

‘This is very important,’ the young woman continued. ‘I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.’

The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. That surprises you, doesn’t it?’ the young woman asked.

‘Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,’ said the Pastor.

The young woman explained. ‘My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming…like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!’ So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Keep the fork ..the best is yet to come.’

The Pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.

At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand.. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, ‘What’s with the fork?’ And over and over he smiled. During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right.

So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come.

Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share …. being friends with someone is not an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility.

Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND…and I’ll bet this will be a story they do remember, every time they pick up a fork.!

And just remember…keep the fork! … a pleasant surprise awaits. (my version)

I want buried with a fork as well … in my urn.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK QUOTES

I watched “Little Black Book” last weekend again and I began missing Brittany Murphy … died at such a young age just when her life is at its peak … but who knows if she really was happy. Such a fine actress , au naturelle. I just realized there is so much good lines from the movie …

Stacy: I should tear your eyes out right now, but how would you ever be able to look at yourself in the morning?

Stacy: Question how does a girl who falls, no actually jumps eyes wide open, down a rabbit hole, plummeting into chaos come out unchanged?
Stacy: Answer, she doesn’t.

Stacy: Perhaps luck exists somewhere between the world of planning, the world of chance, and the peace that comes from knowing that u just can’t know it all

Stacy: Life’s funny like that, once we let go of the wheel, you might end up right where you belong

Stacy: Omission is betrayal.

Stacy: If we were the share our lives together, why didn’t we share our lives together. I know you don’t have to tell me everything Derek, but why wouldn’t you want too? Unless there is someone else you are waiting for.

Joyce: A clean break is easier. You can reset it, and it heals, and you move on, but if you leave things messy, and things don’t get put right, then it just hurts, forever.

Stacy: Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Barb: Knowledge is a terrible and marvelous thing.

Stacy: There are moments in life when you hope your decisions weren’t rash. And moments where you just know.

Stacy: I’ve spent a life time looking for the truth and I have become the lie. Maybe some secrets should just stay secret.

Intro: Hell is empty. All the devils are here. — William Shakespeare

Ira: Okay, so, what I’m about to do should not be interpreted as groveling, hypocrisy, or desperation. It’s merely a loss of personal integrity.

Stacy: Seconds before opening the metallic case ( The Palm ) I envisioned all the evil flowing into the world. I was Pandora! And then I got over it.

Stacy: I felt like a lying sack of fertilizer. Knowing what I knew and not knowing what I didn’t and knowing more than anyting that I had to know more.

Stacy: We stood there, both of us sadly in love with the same man. Both of us feeling let down by him.

Stacy: I should have felt happier at that moment. I had won. But the cost was high and the victory hollow. I had taken a good friend from someone I loved. And nothing about that felt right.

Stacy: The line between right and wrong had blurred. In my search for truth, I had become a lie. Perhaps some secrets should remain secret.

Stacy: Every plan that I had for my life went so unbelievably wrong.
Bean: John Lennon said, “Life happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
Stacy: Then he got shot.
Bean: Right. You just gotta live. Stop planning your moves. Let ’em happen. I mean, you might be surprised.

Stacy: I believe we write our own stories. And each time we think we know the end – we don’t. Perhaps luck exists somewhere between the world of planning, the world of chance, and in peace that comes from knowing that you just can’t know it all. You know, life’s funny that way. Once you let go of the wheel, you might end up right where you belong.

The Carrie Diaries Quotes – Author: Candace Bushnell

“Sometimes I think all the trouble in the world is caused by men. If there were no men, women would always be happy. ~Carrie”

“In life,there are only four kinds of girls:
The girl who played with fire.
The girl who opened Pandora’s Box.
The girl who gave Adam the apple.
And the girl whose best friend stole her boyfriend.”

“Funny always makes the bad things go away.”

“It was scary how a girl couldn’t live without friends.”

But every time I feel bad, I try to remind myself about what this little kid said to me once. She was loaded with personality-so ugly she was cute. And you knew she knew it too. “Carrie?” she asked. “What if i’m a princess on another planet? And no one on this planet knows it?” That question still kind of blows me away. I mean, isn’t it the truth? Whoever we are here, we might be princesses somewhere else. Or writers. Or scientists. Or presidents. Or whatever the hell we want to be that everyone else says we can’t.”

“If a woman could take care of herself, would she still need a man? Would she even want one? And if she didn’t want a man, what kind of woman would she be? Would she even be a woman? Because it seemed if you were a woman, the only thing you were really supposed to want was a man.”

“When it comes to people — don’t write about who you know; but what you know of human nature.”

” I don’t want to be a writer so I can write about my life. I want to be a writer to escape from it. Then you shouldn’t be a writer.”

At first, being with Sebastian was like being in the middle of the best dream I’d ever had – but now it mostly feels exhausting. I’m up one minute and down the next; questioning what I say and do. Even questioning my sanity.”

“Who am I supposed to be again? Just be yourself. But who am I?”
I can’t wait to get out of the house. I can’t wait to get out of here. I’ve been telling myself this all week. The ‘getting out of here’ part is unspecified, though. Maybe I simply want to get away from life”

“I have this theory: If you forgive someone, they can’t hurt you anymore.”

Rule#1: Why is it that the one time a cute guy talks to you, you have a friend who’s in crisis?
Rule#2: Humiliated best friend always takes precedence over cute guy.
Rule#3: Best friends always think you deserve the best guy even if the best guy barely knows you exist.
Rule#4: Best friends can also be full of surprises.
Rule#5: Always agree with your friends, even if it’s at your expense, so they won’t be upset.

I highlight an equation in yellow, thinking about how useless it is to highlight, It makes you think you are learning, but all you’re really learning is how to use a highlighter.

It’s a story I would never show anyone, because it’s too sappy, but I’ve never been able to throw it away. It scares me. It makes me worry that I’m secretly a romantic too, just like my father. And romantics get burned.
Still the Sam bubble had been punctured by Ryan, and then Sam was like a smear of wet soap. That’s all bubbles are anyway – a bit of air and soap.

“Liking the idea of a girl is different from actually liking a girl.” – Maggie

“I think if a guy says you’re interesting and a character, it means you’re special.”

But she never takes her husbands’ names. Mary Gordon Howard is a very great feminist. She believes that women should be able to define themselves and shouldn’t let a man take her identity.

Why are they doing this to me? I can’t explain it. It’s just one of those things girls do. But why? It’s jealousy. But I didn’t think it was jealousy. I thought it was more instinctual, like being a part of a pack of wild animals that drive one animal out into the wilderness to die.

But sometimes, you have to act the opposite of what people expect. They want you to go crazy. They want you to hate them. The more you hate them, the stronger they become.

To be friends with someone for so long, and then they do one thing, and it’s over. And they weren’t a bad person before. Or at least you didn’t think they were. So you have to wonder if that bad thing was always there, waiting to come out, or if it was just a one-time thing, and they’re still a good person, but you can’t trust them.

There are only 2 kinds of people who make great writers – great artists: those from the upper classes, who have access to the finest education – or those who have suffered greatly. The middle classes can sometimes produce a simulacrum of art , but it tends to be middle-brow or slyly commercial and of no real value. It’s merely meretricious entertainment.

The trick to being a queen bee isn’t necessarily beauty but industriousness. Beauty helps, but without the drive to get to the top and stay on top, beauty will only male you a bee-in-waiting.

…cooking is a great way to distract yourself from your problems while providing a sense of accomplishment. You feel like you’re doing something useful even though a few hours later you eat all the evidence.

You can’t steal someone’s boyfriend unless he wants to be stolen.

I have this theory: If you forgive someone, they can’t hurt you anymore