Lobster Festival

Zahtila Lobster Festival

Zahtila Lobster Festival

What a great time we had, camping in Calistoga at one of our favorite places, golf, great friends and then there was the LOBSTER!  We left Sugar Barge RV resort on Wednesday and traveled to Calistoga where we met up with our friends, The Garveys, Tennants, and Kings at the Napa County Fairgrounds in Calistoga.  On Thursday I played 18 holes of golf and we won’t report the scores (I am not even sure you can report those scores!).  Friday was another beautiful day and I played another 9 holes enjoying a much better day of golf – still not low scoring however I felt way better about the game on Friday than Thursday!

Saturday we went to Zahtila Vineyards for their Lobster Festival and to enjoy some of their fine wines – all you can drink!  Paul didn’t want to spend the $85 so he was our driver and it is a good thing cause even though it was only a mile away from the fairgrounds I don’t think any of us should have been behind the wheel.  Janet also had a friend from Clearlake join us, Kathleen.  You would have never known Kathleen had not been part of the group forever and the afternoon was wonderful. 

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We arrived at the vineyards about noon and our first tasting was the 2007 Chardonnay, a very nice chilled wine for afternoon sipping.  We did sip the Chardonnay and then it was on to serious wine tasting – the REDS!

Tony & Ed smoozing with Laura Zahtila

Tony & Ed smoozing with Laura Zahtila

There were 60 people attending the Festival and there was plenty of wine to drink and food to eat.  Laura Zahtila’s winery is very small and each time I have been to the winery she is usually on the grounds.  It is fun to meet the person responsible for what the wines are.  During the afternoon we tasted two Zinfandel’s & two Cabernets.  The Oat Hill Estate Zinfandel was my favorite.

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The wine was excellent and we all made sure our glasses were full before sitting down to this feast!  The food is poured onto the table and there are no utensils.  Lobster, artichokes, potatoes, bread, shrimp, onion, garlic, corn, & sausage all eaten with only your hands.  The biggest challenge was which part of the Lobster do you eat and how do you get the hairs off the heart of the artichoke! 

Step away from the table!

Step away from the table! Wrapped up so neat and tidy

Cleanup was very quick; There was so much food left on the table that we wondered what they did with it all – feed it to chickens!  Now there are some “happy chickens”.  Lunch was not over – we have dessert!

Is that Ice Cream & Red Wine?

Is that Ice Cream & Red Wine?

Dessert followed the theme of the day – no utensils.  These little ice cream bars tasted like a HOHO cupcake with an ice cream filling.  Chocolate & Red Wine – yum.

The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

This is the guy (Jeff)  that served me my last glass of Port and the rest of the day is a BLURRRRR….

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