Last Friday, when many were out looking for amazing deals on Black Friday, we made our way up to Yountville for the kick-off of the annual Festival of Lights. Having not been in years past, we were not quite sure what to expect.
We did know there would be plenty of food, wine and other festivities–and we were certainly not disappointed. The event was very similar in structure to the Taste of Yountville, which happens every Spring, in that local restaurants, wineries and other businesses lined Washington Street in Yountville. You purchase a wine glass and tickets and are then free to roam the streets tasting various dishes and different wines (which cost just a couple tickets).
A few of our favorites included the BBQ pork sliders Bob Hurley of Hurley’s was personally serving, the Bouchon salmon rilettes (pictured below), a tomato soup from Bistro Jeanty (especially good as it was quite a cool afternoon/evening), the 2007 Hess Small Block Series Sauvignon Blanc and the 2005 Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. That being said, the memory we’ll take with us forever was the look on our little one’s face when the crowd got quiet and then cheered as the switch was flipped on the holiday lights that immediately lit up the street.
Here are a few photos we took before dark: