My dad just recently celebrated his 60th birthday.
This year was a tough one. We had health problems, we questioned our careers, but most importantly we stood together as a family and made it through, helping each other realize that the most important things will always be family, friends, and being thankful for all that you have been blessed with thus far.
Never take anything for granted.
To celebrate his special day, my mom rented a huge Black Tie party bus for our family and our closest family friends, to travel to Napa for a full day of tastings at a few wineries my parents belong to.
We started the day with fresh apple fritters, chocolate croissants and warm croissants.
We put the croissants in our warming drawer to stay warm as we waited for our guests to arrive prior to the bus leaving at 10am.
These are the warm apple pastries.
These are the chocolate croissants. It was nearly impossible for me not to eat these before our guests arrived.
We had to cut the pastries in fourths so they were easier to grab. I stole a few. No one knew.
We had a full spread with jam, coffee from Peets, pastries, and fresh toast to fill our bellies before an entire day of drinking.
We also of course had to stock up on after-drinking treats. These bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake always do the trick. That cream cheese frosting, I can't even talk about it.
We were lucky to have an absolutely beautiful day at the wineries.
Our first stop was at Beaulieu Vineyards for a private tasting in their barrel room downstairs. These reds were delicious, but I have to say the George De Latour Cabernet, at $125 a bottle was my absolute favorite. #WineSnob.
Next stop, Raymond Vineyards. This place is wild. The owner is originally from France, the wine room has mannequins dressed in lingerie, there's private leather red rooms for members only, frenchie-decor everywhere, and a feel that you're almost not supposed to be there. The grounds are so fabulous and fun.
I only was able to snap a quick photo, but this is just a small part of the private-member only room. This is the high-roller room. You typically do not receive entry into this room unless you're planning on spending big bucks.
We ate lunch under the trees across from the pool. It was over 90 degrees but it was a great setting.
This is one of the random bars on the property equipped with frenchie heads on the bottom holding up the bars. Um, where do I get one?
Happy Birthday Dad!!