For anyone who loves a splendid glass of wine….  it starts right here aging in oak wine barrels for several years until just the right moment to bottle it up from this container to be served to you and friends.  

Wine Barrels
Wine Barrels from Castello di Amorosa

Weekly Photo Challenge: Containers.

Once upon a time, a long long time ago there was a castle upon a hill in Napa Valley called, Castello di Amorosa where there are vineyards and there can be found some distinctive wines.  It has been awhile since I’ve visited the castle but I still enjoy their superb wines via mail order.  Several years ago on a vacation in Napa Valley we came across the vineyard and castle.  We took their premium wine tasting tour and were amazed at the hospitality and quality tasting that we shared with a small group of about 12 people.

Along with the almost private tasting was a lengthy tour of the castles grounds, courtyard, grand barrel room, chapel, great hall, Il Ducale Room and tasting in the Il Passito Room.   You can almost experience the tour by visiting their website a watching a virtual tour.  If you have an opportunity to visit, I highly recommend the tour and their exceptional wine.   Click on the images below for larger versions.

Castello di Amorosa Church
Castello di Amorosa Church
Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa

Castello di Amorosa Vineyard
Castello di Amorosa Vineyard

What a great meal this was. The Rib Eye Roast was loaded with a Barbarian’s Steak House spice rub from a famous Toronto Restaurant along with dry rosemary and then placed in the electric Cookshack smoker for 1 hour at 225 degrees. Then the roast was finished in the oven for the balance of the cooking time, about 1 hour at 300 degrees. It came out medium rare. Gus, my husband, love the taste of smoke foods but some people can find it overwhelming so half smoked and half roasted in oven seems to be a good balance. Served with roasted rosemary red potatoes, green salad and a glass of 2008 Castello di Amorosa Cabernet Savignon. Yummy meal enjoyed by all.

Ready to Carve
Ready to Carve