The Meritage Resort – Trinitas Wine Cellars

The Meritage Resort – Trinitas Wine Cellars

Yesterday was a ME day. I have been known for having the desire to turn off the rest of the world periodically and focus on my artistic and spiritual side.

I booked a day at the lovely Meritage Resort And Spa in downtown Napa.   There I entered what is the only wine cave that also houses a spa.   It was an absolutely decadent experience.   I was able to go early enough and do some wine tasting at TRINITAS CELLARS before my massage.

I enjoyed the reserve tasting and was pleasantly surprised that all four wines were full of flavor and lived up to their descriptions in the wine notes.  As an artist I love to create my own picture of words,  but in this case chose to use their wine notes as the descriptions were so on point as to what I smelled and tasted in my glass!   Layer upon Layer all of the beautiful notes synergistically became a symphony in my mouth.  These wines spoke musically to me!!


The Latin word for Trinity, is the fundamental principle of Christianity.  It symbolizes Sun, Soil & Humanity, which are the three ingredients evoking the perfect wine.

2009 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay

“Our 2009 Proprietors Reserve Chardonnay is a blend of our owner and winemakers favorite Chardonnay Barrels of the 2009 Vintage. It is a perfect marriage of high-quality fruit and American wood barrels:  The toast on the barrels is prominent, giving a crème brûlée character to the nose.  Underneath the toast, you get the intense tropical fruit – pear, peach, lemon zest and citrus. The rich mid- palate, explodes with cinnamon toast, cream and butterscotch – which is a contribution to the length of time spent in the oak barrels.”

2008 Pinot Noir Carneros

“Aromatics of candied red fruit, vanilla, mocha, and campfire.  It boasts flavors of baked red apples covered in butter and cinnamon with a rich entry and broad mid palate. The weight of the fore- and mid-palate over shadow the delicate dark chocolate finish which will lengthen with age.”

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Grown east of Highway 29 just south of Oakville Cross Road, our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon displays aromatics of spiced plums, black cherry, vanilla and espresso. It has a rich entry reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries. Barrel aged 18 months in 57% new French oak.”

2007 Old Vine Mataro

Mataro, commonly referred to as Mouvèdre is one of our most esoteric varietals. It displays beautiful aromatics of black cherry, cola berry, chocolate, smoke, vanilla, caramel, and cinnamon. The mouth is full of juicy red fruit and its fleshy core carries though the long velvet finish. Dry farmed and meticulously grown by our favorite Oakley growers the Gonsalves family.

I was taken back by the fact that ALL four of these wines were amazing. This is not usual in most of my tasting experiences,  so I had to include each one here.


The star on this day was the 2007 Old Vine Mataro. Mataro, is usually blended with other grapes, but was bottled alone here and I have to say was very surprising.  Medium tannins explode midway then smooth to a nice finish.  I found it very earth forward which I usually don’t prefer, but in this case the rich dark berries and creamy vanilla balance it out nicely.

In addition to the beautiful spa and stellar wines at The Meritage Resort – Trinitas Wine Cellars, there was wonderful art displayed in the cave, and I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Italian artist, Carla Almanza De Quant.  She specializes in 17th Century inspired Venetian Masks and sculpture.

Thank you Jennifer Beasley for your warm hospitality.  My hats off to Winemaker Kevin Mills and Trinitas Winery.  I am inspired by the Art of Wine making and the passion that I felt and tasted in each of these wines.  What a Blessing and a treat!!!

Please visit, you will be glad that you did.

Cin, Cin!, Salute!!!!!

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The Castle Of Love

Recently on a trip to Napa Valley my husband surprised me and took me to the Castillo Di Amorosa.    As we drove up the road I could not believe my eyes.   There right in front of me was a real Castle.   Little did I know that my husband had planned the whole thing days in advance.

He had contacted the castle ahead of time and arranged a private table atop one of the towers with a dozen roses, wine, cheese and candles and it’s where he proposed to me that we get remarried.  It was an amazing day full of romance and the Castle just added to the magic!  (Later I will write in detail of my experience  of  the winery itself.)


The wine that my Husband chose for this wonderful occasion was La Fantasia “FANTASY”   A very fruity Rosé with creamy berry flavors and a slight effervescence.  Not at all like a Champagne.  I wouldn’t even venture to say it is a sparkling wine.    Men,  you will score big points with this one  for a romantic Valentines Day dinner with a few raspberries dropped inside the glass.  It goes well with yummy creamy Brie and Chocolate covered berries.

Cin! Cin!,  Salute!!

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Living In The Wine Country – Napa, CA

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Rombauer Winery


Deep in the heart of the Napa Wine Country, off the beaten path there lies a treasure, a little piece of Heaven called Rombauer Winery.

Set on a hillside overlooking the Mayacamas Mountain Range, this winery is intimate, quaint, and secluded.   If you love Horticulture, you will find this location to be quite fascinating.   The garden pathways that wind up and down with stairways are covered with many varieties of plants and flowers.

I recall smelling each rosebush as I made my way down the delightful path witnessing beautiful bumble bees dancing happily from flower to flower.  There are interesting pieces of artwork along the way as well.

The sweet homey atmosphere is quite different from the larger wineries that house many tasters at a time and large picnic areas overflowing with people.  While there is no deli there, you are welcome to bring your own picnic which I personally recommend.

Several times daily there is a Wine and Cheese paring where you can get more intimate details of the wines and the winery itself.

Now lets get to the wine review. I am absolutely IN LOVE with Rombauer’s 2008 Zinfandel.   So much so that no other has managed to measure up to it.  From the moment your nose hits the glass you know you have found something quite different!

Amazing to the nose and consistent through to a lingering finish.  Layered with rich dark berry flavors, smooth oak, slight pepper, and soft tannins.  This wine is stellar on so many levels!!

Please do yourself a favor and visit Rombauer Winery. You will not be disappointed by the beauty, the staff, and the evidence that there are still those who take pride in their craft!!  If you’ve experienced this wine or winery, take a moment using our rating system below to give us your rating.

Cin, Cin, Salute!

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