You asked for it. It now appears that this date will provide plenty of sunshine. Our luxury coach leaves downtown SF at 9:30 a.m., stopping at the parking lot across from Spengers in Berkeley if there is enough demand.
BARTsters: meet at Starbucks, 36 2nd St. ~ Montgomery St. BART station. The bus will then proceed down 2nd to the parking lot between Folsom and Harrison, where those who are driving in can park for $10 all day. The bus will also pick up across from Spengers if there is sufficient demand.
We will start our Day in the Wine Country
by visting the Franzia family's 92,000 sq. ft. Napa "Palazzo" which bottles up to 55,000 cases of wines/day which translates to 216 million bottles a year?more than twice the output of all the Napa County wineries combined.
Headquartered in Ceres, the Franzia family (Bronco) owns the fourth largest winery in the US producing over 20,000,000 cases a year of various brands from 20,000 acres of grapes grown throughout the state.
We then travel over to Artesa Vineyards & Winery
in the Carneros which is gorgeous this time of year. We reach the Visitors Center via a sweeping staircase bordered by cascading waterfalls. The stairs ascend past beautiful fountains, reflecting pools and sculpture, leading to panoramic vistas of Napa Valley, Carneros and the San Francisco Bay.
One step over the threshold and the setting transforms into a spectacular modernist interior, full of rich woods, expanses of glass and dozens of smooth columns. The building is often compared to an art museum. And, indeed, its walls and vast spaces are filled with works by our celebrated Artist in Residence.
We then bus over Yountville to see some of the new developments such as the Bardessono and Luca hotels. We will drive by the location of what promises to be the largest multi meetup mingle planned for later in the summer.
The afternoon is devoted to a bus tour of new developments in downtown Napa capped off with admission to the Napa Riverwalk Mustard Festival
to taste regional foods and current releases from 39 wineries, gourmet products and mustards from around the world located at Riverfront, historic Napa Mill and other river walk locations. http://www.mustardfestival.com/marketplace_participants.html
. Extra drink and food tickets will be provided
Highlights of this Signature Event include a live remote broadcast of Martha Stewart Living Radio, a Sunset Magazine pavilion, plus fine arts and crafts presented by juried artists and artisans, and live performances of jazz, world, and classical music.
We arrive back satiated
by 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $69 to include bus, lunch and tastings.