Last Sunday (8/24/14) turned into a different day from the one we had planned. At about 3:22 am, we were awakened by what we thought was a slight earthquake. It seemed to last a long time, but it was a rolling one, rather than a jolting one. Being native Californians, we rolled over and went back to sleep. I would have rated it at about a 3 on the Richter Scale.
Sunday morning we decided to skip church and go on with our plans to go do our favorite bike ride in Yountville, perhaps extending it to include Rutherford. Fortunately, a little past 8, our son phoned to see how we were, explaining that there had been a severe earthquake centered in Napa. Amazed by the scenes on television, we quickly changed our plans.
Setting out for our local wine country, the Livermore Valley, we did one of our favorite rides: the Arroyo Mocho Trail, the Concannon Trail, the generous bike lane on Concannon Blvd., and the Isabel Avenue Trail. A full description of this ride is given in this post:perebruin.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/a-scenic-bike-route-through-livermore/.
We had not been to Garré for a while, so we decided to give it a try. As we approached the winery, we hardly recognized it because of the new buildings. It would now fit in in the Napa Valley. The architecture of the new building is beautiful as are the gardens being developed around it.
The food was as good as it has always been, and the service was a bit inefficient as it has always been. I think that someone overseeing the operation as a whole would help. However, we thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and felt that this new Garré, open for only two weeks, was a true wine country treat. Click here to go to their web site.