Recently, the DH and I met some friends at Oliver Winery. I'd never been before and was really impressed. The winery is as nice as any I've been to in Napa Valley. The grounds are beautiful. They offer free tastings, and I thought what I tasted was good (tho I'm no expert). I came home with a bottle of cider, my favorite.
The winery sits on a hill, and the back slopes down (quite steeply) to a pond and lovely picnic area. We had a picnic tea party here, watching the gigantic koi and geese beg (successfully) for food. The day was beautiful, thanks to the shade, breeze and interesting conversation.
We ate cheese and crackers; fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella; cream cheese sandwiches; olives. We drank iced tea (sencha kyoto cherry rose festival - green; apricot - black) and other magic concoctions. It was wonderful! Here are a few photos...
View from our picnic spot
Friend feeding the fish, with the geese descending on the scene