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Amanda McCrossin  Sommelier @ PRESS Napa Valley | YouTube Vlogger | @zipkick influencer | Napa | Advocating Indulgence & the Wine Lifestyle โฌ‡๏ธlatest YOUTUBE videoโฌ‡๏ธ


une bonne nuit @petitcrenn ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿพ...and no, that's not coffee in my mug ๐Ÿ˜‰
It was a perfect ending to our mini-vaca in #sanfrancisco - btw how lucky are we to have one of the worlds greatest food cities (which also happens to be a full 30 degrees cooler) only an hour away?!
As you may have seen on my IG stories we made many stops over the last couple days. Our journey today concluded at Petit Crenn from Chef @dominiquecrenn of @atelier.crenn ๐Ÿฝ A more accessible, affordable offshoot - this French bistro restaurant pays homage to Chef's roots in Brittany France. The influence can be felt almost everywhere, but I particularly loved the Normandie cidre served in the traditional mugs instead of glasses! Truly a refreshing meal and one I look forward to enjoying again and again on my visits back to SF :)

Caught mid-scoop! Cookie Dough Pretzel Chip! Have I ever mentioned I love Ice Cream ๐Ÿฆ probably more than any other food in the world?! Seriously, doesn't matter what city I'm in, or how full I am, I will hunt the best down and find it.
I had heard about @smittenicecream awhile ago and her quest to perfect the nitrogen ice cream (see my IG story to see how it works). It was totally worth the wait and I'm so happy to have finally tried it first hand! This stuff was outrageously creamy, they only use a few fresh, simple, high-quality ingredients and the best part was the pretzels (which are so often stale and gross in other ice creams) stayed perfectly crunchy and fresh mixed and mixed in perfectly next to the cookie dough. Seek this place out in #hayesvalley and thank me later. What's YOUR favorite flavor?!!?

Picture Perfect St.Helena...
Saw this #photoworthy scene on my walk home and just thought I'd give a little nod to how lucky I am to live in paradise. Not a day goes by - rain or shine (it did both today) - that I don't count my lucky stars I found myself here. Always missing my family and friends back east, but man, it sure is good to live in St.Helena.

The Perfect Mimosa @the_charteroak
Talk about an entrance...the new kid in town, Chef @ckostow recently unveiled his newest creation in St.Helena. The former Tra Vigne space is reimagined to incite a feeling of casual sophistication reminiscent of the hippest restaurants in NYC & Chicago. #brunch brought me back to my NYC days and touched my salty and sweet taste buds (and everything else in between). The full story of our food journey is on my story - but this graceful presentation of a classic mimosa really capped it off. Looking forward to making this my weekly spot and happy to make a new friend in town :)

NO WIMPY WINES! 1990 RAVENSWOOD โ€ข Dickerson Vineyard โ€ข Napa Valley โ€ข @singlethreadfarms
It's not often I go to a restaurant that serves ME old Napa! @pressnapavalley It's our bread & butter, but we rarely get to experience it as a piece of a larger puzzle. So when sommelier @evanleehufford @singlethreadfarms brilliantly whipped this out as a side by side pairing (next to an '86 Teldeschi Zin) with the lamb course - my eyes widened. Most of you will recognize the eponymous label from the shelves of your grocery store. But what you may not realize is long before ravenswood ramped up their production, they were an elite producer of rather pricey zinfandels and largely responsible for surge in popularity of the RED (not pink) wine back in the 80's. They are considered to be in the trifecta of the THREE R's of Sonoma Zinfandel - RIDGE, RAVENSWOOD, & ROSENBLUM (thank you @_soif) - responsible for showing zin a little respect by designating single vineyards and arming it with the winemaking and viticulture practices it needed to be considered a "serious grape." Founder Jon Peterson sold Ravenswood in 2001 to Constellation at the urge of his investors and is now back in the zin business with his new label Once & Future

Before they were stars...
Did you know that @williamsselyemwinery was not initially called Williams Selyem? In 1981 Burt Williams and Ed Selyem legally named their winery Hacienda Del Rio but were forced to change it in 1983 when they released their first commercial vintage and promptly received a CEASE a& DESIST letter from the Hacienda Wine Cellars (founded by Frank Bartholomew who interestingly sold his ownership of @buenavistawines in 1968 to purchase it). It was legally renamed in 1984 and the rest is history. Under new ownership since 1998, the sleek new, modern estate is a far cry from the original garage in Forestville and open only to their list members.

it was a rare day for me. Embarrassing as this is to admit, I don't often go wine tasting in Sonoma, despite my obvious proximity. But when friends in town invited me along to a day of tasting @williamsselyemwinery and @kostabrownewinery - I jumped at the opportunity. These wineries are (mostly) closed to the public, open only to mailing list customers - which, naturally, have a waiting list of their own ๐Ÿ˜ณ Kosta Browne, for those unfamiliar, is one of California's most expensive & exclusive producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The wines are, by their own admission, made in a truly California style. They pick later, are not "in pursuit of balance," and rock an average of about 14.7% alcohol. Thing is, KB embraces this style, and frankly, they do it pretty damn well. They're juicy pinot's, yes, but they're also well made. Rich as they are, they express terroir and are without flaw. Haters gonna hate, but as usual, I say #drinkwhatyoulike

How Now Brown Cow ๐Ÿฎ
Napa Valley never ceases to amaze me with its beauty. No matter how many times I'm asked why I moved out here - I always reply with a little smirk, a glimmer in my eye, and a light chuckle. LOOK AROUND! This place is magical. Just down the street from one of the worlds best restaurants and across the way from arguably some of the best vines in North America, there was this incredible herd of cattle. I pulled my car over and grabbed my camera - and thankfully the cows humored me and obliged There is beauty EVERYWHERE - if you're visiting Napa Valley or even live here like I do, I implore you to take some time to STOP & STARE.

Like Beauty & the Beast, but with WINE ๐Ÿท
I felt just like Belle when I walked into this little Library room at Edge Hill with decanters and wine glasses lining the stone walls. I remember as a little girl wanting a ladder like that to swing around on like Belle - total fantasy!! @nocrumbsleft and I just about lost our minds when we walked in here, taking mental notes of what we would love to recreate in our own homes - tell me, what do YOU dream of having in your fantasy castle?!!

Beauty beyond the wine. ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒป
From the moment the rusted gate crept open to welcome me in, I knew it was love. #EdgeHill remains my most cherished spot in Napa Valley. It goes beyond the wine here, the beauty lies in the details, the subtle nuances, the smells. I knew when @nocrumbsleft asked to go on a wine tasting I had to deliver the very best. It had to be special. It had to be unexpected. Magical - like her. Edge Hill can't be described, only experienced. If you go, my only request is this: Look beyond the wine, notice the details, smell the flowers, relish in the reflection of the light, and open your eyes to everything around you. A symphony awaits.

Raise your hand if you're a #winegeek like me!!! Riesling is your gateway drug to Wine geek-dom, and these two don't disappoint. Learn how to be a wine geek like me on this weeks #weeklywinepicks featuring classics Donnhoff & Albert Boxler. Link in bio @sommvivant

Happy #nationalwineday friends!!!! These #coachmanhotel kids sure do know how to properly #winedown in South Lake Tahoe. For me, it's the simple things I love most when I'm traveling and nothing makes me happier when I check into a hotel and see @stumptowncoffee on tap, some classic literature, and proper wine served in the lobby. It's got some admittedly hipster charm (think Ace hotel in NYC, Broken Shaker in Chicago, or The Line in LA) with a high-class edge - and my millennial, instagramming heart approves. At about $100/night (mid-week/off season) I highly recommend checking it out if you're looking for a getaway in Tahoe. Not bad for a last minute find on @hoteltonight ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ@coachmanhotel

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