Last week, as we celebrated preschoolers being promoted to kindergarten we thought to give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done getting kids safely and somewhat sanely through the first two years of their education and onto a successful stint in the big leagues.
So in the roughly 6 hours between camp drop off and dinner and a bath we took a quick but action packed jaunt to Napa with friends to hit two wineries, have a gorgeous lunch al fresco, ponder moving to a winery, drink more and touch down back in Los Angeles by 5:30pm.
The only way this was even a remote possibility was because of JetSuiteX – the seamless flying service that gives you a private flying experience with commercial prices (seriously, like around the same cost as Southwest – $129-$240 each way). We arrived at a private hanger at the Burbank airport just 20 minutes before our flight and it was wheels up by 8:30 am for the short hour long flight to Concord (complimentary drinks, snacks, bag check and wifi-for the few work emails we did get to-definitely made an impromptu get a way that much easier.) Plus, Which Winery, organized our itinerary, which was full of the perfect amount of activity for the time allotted.
First stop, the family owned Whetstone Winery where the Vigonier was chilled and waiting. Jamey and Michelle Whetstone live on property with their 4 children and have built an impressive and inspiring business making wines they love.
The stunning chateau that they renovated is now a tasting room and along with the olive tree filled grounds, is the perfect spot for gathering some girls and hitting the bottle(s).
At the William Hill Estate winery a Mediterranean style lunch was served high above the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley and truly, nothing could be nicer (it was likely at this point we began contemplating even returning to LA). A stroll through the winery where the hundreds of barrels are stored quickly sobered us up (sort of) and we got a first hand look at the in depth process of how the wine makers at William Hill make their signature Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.
With plenty of wine tasting, wine making tips and an amazing lunch under our belts, we headed back to the Concord airport for the 55 minute flight back to Burbank – to be fair, there was plenty of business talk on the flight back, so it was a balance of work and play.
Wheels down in Burbank just before 6:00 pm where we retrieved our car at the JetSuiteX valet and were home by dinner and bath time.
We made sure to let our kids (and husbands) know what hard workers we are and that everyone is the better for our attempt and ability to juggle and balance all, more than often with a bottle of wine in hand.