Top Five Reason to Leave Napa Valley
Moving away from Napa Valley is, for our family, both an economic and lifestyle choice. But it could have been easily justified by much more. Too many who live here in Napa Valley don’t talk about the ugly underbelly of this place. Leaving soon, I have no problem now exposing the many reasons to leave Napa Valley. Here are the top five.
After a while, it just gets old. Take Bistro Jeanty, the Yountville institution that can be counted upon day in and day out to deliver up the same crusty, hearty cassoulet, keeping a menu that never fails to pretend it’s smack dab in the middle of the Left Bank, and its collection of locals and waiters that can’t help themselves, always greeting you with that same sincere smile. Don Giovanni, Zuzu, Press, Trancas Steakhouse…they are all the same. Enough!
The Overwhelming Deluge of Seasonal Color
A certain consistency would be nice. Am I wrong? The winter brings the muted greys and browns mixed with regular sunny brightness. Then spring, with that mustardy intro followed by the incessant vineyard greening. Summer and the onslaught of green vineyards, shooting flowers, hills in brown. And the chaos of fall. Over and over vineyards with their orange, red, yellow, browns. Is asking for a little consistency too much?
Everywhere. Tasting rooms, grocery stores. wine shops, warehouses, bars, restaurants, wine bars, cantinas, hotels, Can I just get a Hawaiian punch maybe? No. Cabernet, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot, Cab Franc, Zin, Petit Verdot, Syrah, GSM, Blends, Sauv Blanc, Semillon, Carmenere. Sure. Wine is nice. It’s tasty. It’s fun to learn about. It’s awesome to have 50 examples of Cab made from grapes within a 1/4 mile radius. The aroma in the Valley in October is intoxicating. But I’m just saying…can a guy find a place where Hawaiian Punch is accessible and the waterfalls of wine are not so distracting?
The Annoying Intellects
Who needs smarts. Moreover, who needs it surrounding you day and night, at work and at play. No matter where you go in this valley you are confronted with PhD’s, scientists, highly cultured and educated weenies. Who needs the added stress in one’s life of having to sit around a table with people who want to discuss economics, philosophy, architecture, literature or history? Something about this place attracts way too many overdeveloped intellects.
The Paralyzing Choice
Napa is the cereal aisle of geography and it both paralyzing and overbearing. Beach, vineyards, mountains, valleys, urban sophistication, small towns, numerous international airports. And all practically within walking distance. There a great deal to be said for driving in any direction and not having to worry about turns in the road, combatting elevation changes, and dealing with alternating vistas. Too much geographic choice will keep the mind too active, while also deterring and overwhelming the benefit of predictability.