This is our last post of 2016, so we thought that we would look back at some of the highlights on our blog this year. California Girl and I started the Napa Food and Vine blog back in March. We posted our first two articles on March 10. Before this article, we have published two-hundred posts.
Our most popular post on the blog was Off the Square, a restaurant in North Carolina. California Girl comments: My sister and brother-in-law treated me to a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. What a fantastic local foodie place! I can’t wait to go back and try the dark chocolate peanut butter pie.
Unsurprisingly, the country in which most of our readers reside is the United States; with the UK in second place.
We have visited nineteen new wineries since starting the blog; as well as revisiting many that we knew from before commencing writing.
Here are our awards from our new finds:
The Brit’s awards:
Favorite new winery: Keller Estates
Favourite white wine: Smith Madrone 2014 Riesling
Favourite bargain buy: 2012 Rutherford Hill Merlot
Favourite restaurant: La Mar, San Francisco
Favourite other experience: Napa Valley Distillery
California Girl awards:
Favorite North Carolina restaurant: Off The Square
Favorite Napa Valley gourmet restaurant: Angele
Favorite San Francisco restaurant: La Mar
Favorite newcomer restaurant: Preserve
Favorite hotel: Jeakes House Hotel, Rye, UK
Favorite UK restaurant: Tuscan Kitchen, Rye
Favorite European restaurant: Triton Restaurant, Prague, Czech Republic
Favorite new tasting experience: Wines on First – Jean Edwards Cellars/PureCru/J.McClellan
Favorite “Old School” tasting experience: Smith-Madrone Vineyards
Favorite “Concept” tasting room and experience: Silver Trident Winery
Award for beauty and overall atmosphere: Castello di Amorosa
Favorite wines of the year:
Chardonnay – Rombauer Chardonnay
Reisling – Smith Madrone
Sauvingnon Blanc – Vezer Family Winery
Sangiovese Rosé – Castillo di Amorosa Gioia
Sparkling wine – Domaine Carneros
Malbec – Malbec blend – Keller Estate Processio
Cab Franc – Dracaena
Zinfandel – Rombauer El Dorado Old Vine Zinfandel
Red Blends – Rutherford Hill Peak Series
Special Super Award from us goes to The Napa Deli who feeds us the most. We love you all..
This wraps up our year. Thank you all so much for following us, liking us, retweeting us, and inspiring us to get out there and enjoy the amazing wine, food, and experiences.
Let’s hope 2017 is a better year for us all!