Figuring out St. Helena

June 3rd, 2009

Wednesday started off really great. I was so happy to be in Napa that I cooked breakfast for Lauren & I and made some coffee with the freshly roasted coffee beans I picked at The Roastery in St. Helena. It was really important that I put some food in my stomach, since I had a 10:30am appointment at Terra Valentine for a wine tasting. I’ve been emailing Rory back and forth to set time aside to visit his winery, and alas was on my way with Monster by my side.

When I showed up, I had to make sure that puppydoos was all set since the winery doesn’t allow dogs inside. The building looked like a gothic castle, full of stained glass and gargoyles. Heidi, our wine guide, briefly showed us where the wine is made and then led us up into the ‘castle’ for some wine tasting, which was wonderful! I also caught up with Rory and had some great conversations about life, its path as well as some business ideas.

At 1ish, I headed down the mountain to the Half Bottle Party at Taylor’s Refresher and was a little bit apprehensive about showing up at a party not knowing anyone. The Half Bottle Party is basically a gathering for locals to get together, share some leftover or newly brewed wine and just mingle. Since I had Monster I knew it’d be easier to meet people than not, so I sat my butt down and do what I do best. EAT.

While eating my bleu cheese burger, I started chatting up with two fellows who turned out to be wine makers at the wineries near by. It was really fun talking to them, especially since one of the guys is from Domaine & Chandon. After they left, people swarmed Monster left and right, giving him plenty of love and attention. Next thing you know, I’m sitting with the locals and being introduced to several people, talking about life, spiritualism, having a good time and explained my business idea to them. They accepted me with open arms and invited me to join them over the next few days. Not only that, I’ve made plans to attend the Napa Auction on Friday, and volunteer at Cheer! later that evening. Not bad for day three!

To be quite honest, I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to “hit it up” with the locals and work on my business idea (which is related to the travel industry). But, it’s smooth sailing so far. I am loving every second of it. Day three has ended beautifully with a dip in the jacuzzi and a nice dinner with Lauren at Rutherford Grill.



Sonya Lee

Since a child, Sonya has been traveling from the corners of Canada to the far east Asia. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she led a normal family life with her brother, mother and dad. A well received job opportunity in Hong Kong for her father put the compass in action from a young age. Sonya loves good food, and I mean GOOD simple food. She loves an occasional drink, be merry and enjoy the good times. Having recently healed herself from a large ruptured cyst, her favorite foods include fresh carrot juice, grilled vegetables, sauteed portabello mushrooms and truffle french fries. Her philosophy? Healthy food makes a healthy body. Read more on the Editor page. When she's not fretting over WAFT, she runs a small design agency called mowie media and shares the good times with her dog, Monster and 3 cats Sabi, Kaeli & Misty.

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