“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal – California Wine Cruise 4

Merryvale Vineyard

Just a short ride brought us to Merryvale Vineyard, our second winery on Saturday. Merryvale was the first winery built in the Napa Valley following the repeal of Prohibition.

4-merryvale.jpg The surroundings are beautiful, a layout of formal gardens, highlighted by a European style fountain. The proprietors seek to maintain the founding vision from the 1930s to “capture the essence of the region’s noble vineyards in rich, complex, supple wines rivaling the best in the world.”

Indeed, Merryvale has earned international acclaim for its wines.

However, no one in our group was impressed by wines they offered for tasting. The gift shop was very nice and we did buy several things there!

Then it was back to the Spirit of Yorktown for a brief rest before the evening happy hour, which again included an educational presentation. The dinner that followed was just as wonderful as the first night’s.

Since the day had been packed with activity (not to mention food and wine !), by the time dinner was over, we were ready to return to our cabins and climb into bed.