So Good on the Road: Napa/Berkeley Eick September 11, 2010 Beer, On the Road 1 Comment While on the road in California, I finally got a chance to head up to Napa with a friend to do some wine tastings. Be warned, this post/experience is pretty much ALL. ABOUT. THE. BOOZE. I also got to experience some delicious beer in Berkeley and even some homemade moonshine! Immediately after arriving in San Francisco I took the train to meet a friend and head up to Napa. First stop, V.Sattui winery, which was celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Tastings usually cost $5 and include 7 wines.Â However, since I was with two people with Coast Guard ID’s we all got the military discount of a free tasting. Plus, once the guy realized I was intending to buy a case of wine (which I did) he was all about letting me try whatever I wanted.Â Going in with an empty stomach, I will admit I was prettttttty buzzed after sampling about 16 different wines.Â Here I am doing my “I know what I’m doing when I’m sniffing this wine” look: Next we headed to Chandon winery which specializes in sparkling wines.Â There I tried one of the “Perfect Pairings“, three Rose’s accompanied with Ahi Tuna with stone fruit panzanella, smoked mushroom with hazlnuts and asian pear, and a chocolate dipped strawberry: Upon leaving Napa, I found out that my friends father makes his own moonshine and liquor and he was nothing if not ecstatic to let me try some.Â I tasted the moonshine “base” which was 180 proof, yet surprisingly smooth. Next I tasted the 65 proof cantaloupe, mojito and chocolate mojito flavors. Yum! This stuff was smooth, delicious and easy to sip: After that it was time to take my already drunk ass to Triple Rock Brewery in Berkeley for its Thursday night Monkey Head tradition. This smooth, hoppy, 8% alcohol beer is served only on Thursday’s and only in these 1 liter bottles: Not surprisingly I was ridiculously hammered by about 10 pm that night. Boozy good times folks, boozy good times. The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Live in DC? Do More Tomorrow! - June 5, 2013 Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 One Response Sterling September 14th, 2010 Holy Moley! I told a story here in New York about ridiculous things I have done for a Monkey Head! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current day month ye@r * Leave this field empty * Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.