It all started with a trip to Napa Valley. Five years later, I continued the Black Cordon Vineyards adventure…in The Bahamas.
Back in 2014, my husband and I serendipitously found our first bottle of Black Cordon at a local wine store. Becoming fans at first sip and knowing we would be visiting Napa Valley months later, I researched the winery online. I couldn’t initially find information about the company and its visiting policies. Several e-mail inquiries later, I managed to find a way to book a visit. Tastings are hosted at a top-secret location I cannot reveal. I can disclose, however, that the casual and intimate experience uses the Napa rolling hills as the most spectacular of backdrops.
Months later, friends visited the winery based on our recommendation. They brought along a group of wine lovers and mutual friends (owners of Coral Sands Resort in Harbour Island, in The Bahamas). Everyone in attendance promised to join forces in the tropics for a future wine tasting event, and bring together the best of both worlds: sun, sand, and wine. Much, much, wine.
That day finally arrived five years later. A second visit (for me) awaited at this highly recommended hideaway with powdery coral sands and endless beaches: lazy days, guaranteed. I joined a small group of like-minded gourmands and red elixir enthusiasts for the memorable escape. Here’s a look…
SCRAPBOOK: Napa Valley at Harbour Island, Bahamas
When this is the view out of your window, you know you’ve arrived in The Bahamas.
Welcome bites, sights, and sounds at TOM’S BAR
A short flight from Miami.
A tiny taxi ride to the dock.
A spirited boat shuttle to the island.
An exciting arrival via golf cart to the resort.
And I finally arrived.
Dinner at ROCK HOUSE
Lunch with a view at local gem Sip Sip
Evening Wine Pairing at the pool deck
Welcome Tasting: Sixteen by Twenty 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Wild Mushroom Pecorino Gyoza paired with Sixteen by Twenty 2014 Napa Cabernet & 2015 Napa Cabernet
Slow Roasted Pork Belly paired with Black Cordon Vineyards 2014 Napa Cabernet & 2015 Napa Cabernet
Rare Beef Tenderloin paired with Black Cordon Vineyards 2012 Napa Cabernet & 2013 Napa Cabernet
Mallard Duck Breast paired with Black Cordon Vineyards 2014 “The Black Cordon Vineyard” Cabernet
Oven Roasted Veal Loin paired with Black Cordon Vineyards 2013 “The Howell Mountain Vineyard” Cabernet
Black Cordon Wine Tasting Dinner at Latitudes 25 Restaurant
Lime & Tequila-Marinated Shrimp
Creekstone Farm Braised Short Ribs
Pan-Seared Creekstone Farm Beef Tenderloin
Yellowfin Tuna “Rossini”
Molten Lava Cake
Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brulée
Black Cordon Vineyards 2015 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Sixteen by Twenty 2014 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Black Cordon Vineyards 2013/2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sixteen by Twenty 2014 Cabernet
Operation carpe diem: success! Leaving The Bahamas is never easy. I’ve come to love the many islands over the years so much it almost feels like an extension of South Florida. It helps that they are so close.
You don’t need a wine event to visit Coral Sands. And you also don’t need an excuse to visit Napa Valley. Both are magical on their own. Cheers to great wine, exceptional food, and sharing that joie de vivre!