Chef’s selection flatbread – Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Chef's selection flatbread - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Blue cheese sauce, pancetta, shishito pepper, potato, parmesan. Happy hour $9
Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Napa CA

Mmm, this flatbread was delicious! I’m not totally sold on the addition of the shishito peppers though – they didn’t quite fit to me. The blue cheese sauce was yummy though and the other toppings worked well together.

Inkberry cabernet sauvignon - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Inkberry cabernet sauvignon. Happy hour $6

Cheese and charcuterie board – Carpe Diem Wine Bar

Cheese and charcuterie board - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Prosciutto, salame, brillat savarin and other cheeses, grilled bread, candied walnuts, cornichons, fruit compote and mustard. Happy hour $10
Carpe Diem Wine Bar, Napa CA

This wasn’t the fanciest charcuterie board I’ve ever had, but it was certainly delicious. And at ten bucks, it was a fantastic value. I loved the brillat savarin (one of my favorite cheeses) and the grilled bread and other accompaniments were yummy.

Pol Clement brut & Inkberry cabernet sauvignon - Carpe Diem Wine Bar
Pol Clement brut. Happy hour $6

Lobster salad – Rene at Tlaquepaque

Lobster salad - Rene at Tlaquepaque
Succulent chopped Maine lobster tossed with aioli, tarragon and a hint of lime, served in Belgian endive leaves. $14
Rene at Tlaquepaque, Sedona AZ

This tasted good, but I wish that there was more lobster. It tasted more like filler and the lobster was chopped so finely. I wish it was kept chunkier so I could tell it was actually lobster.

Wine flight - Rene at Tlaquepaque
4-item Build Your Own Flight. $16

Wine tasting – Cosentino Winery

2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay - Cosentino Winery
2013 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Reserve flight $25
Cosentino Winery, Yountville CA

The wine here was fun and varied. Although the outside wine tasting area was pleasant enough, it was still next to the main highway so it wasn’t the optimal location.

2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc - Cosentino Winery
2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Franc.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Barrel Select - Cosentino Winery
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon – Barrel Select.

2012 Field Blend Barrel Select - Cosentino Winery
2012 Field Blend – Barrel Select.

Cosentino Winery
Cosentino Winery.

Wine tasting – Barrel Oak Winery

Wine tasting - Barrel Oak Winery
Bow Wow tasting option.
Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane VA

This was a very laid back and fun winery. There were lots of people just lounging and picnicking on the grounds. Although I wasn’t overly impressed by their wines, I did appreciate that they had a good variety of wines that were distinct in flavor profiles. And the guy who poured for us was super friendly.

Autumn foliage
Autumn foliage, Delaplane VA.

Fruit tart – KC Cafe

Fruit tart - KC Cafe
Strawberries and blueberries. $5.95
KC Cafe, Washington DC

After a full day of sightseeing and walking everywhere, we decided to grab a quick snack at the Kennedy Center before catching the sunset from the rooftop. This fruit tart was pretty good and paired well with wine for a nice, relaxing break.

Red and white wines - KC Cafe
Red and white wines. Each $9

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.