Desserts magazine: a sweet introduction.

Desserts magazine recently did a short article on The Inn On First and published my Sweet Potato Pancake recipe.  We’re very excited about the article and hope you will be, too!  Go to: and take a look see!


Hope and Grace Tasting Room: No, not Will and Grace…and lots of good wine.

Hope and Grace is one of those little gems you stumble upon and think to yourself: what a delightful place to go.  It is a tasting room in Yountville that is but a few blocks from Jessup Cellars and Girard, so that you could easily spend the day walking from wine tasting room to wine tasting room, and never get into your car except to drive up in the morning and drive back in the afternoon; and that being all of 15 minutes away from the Inn.  It is nestled in a small boutique mall, and they have a small art gallery that showcases a single artist, changing it out periodically.  Their wines are lovely  and they have a nice selection to choose from for your tasting.  I limited myself to 2 as I knew I had to return to work: the Russian River Pinot (a very good wine indeed, especially since I’m not a Pinot fan), and the Hendrick’s Reserve Cabernet (whoa!  this is great winemaking).  Charles Hendricks, the winemaker, has consulted for many prestigious labels such as Barnett Vineyards, Regusci Winery, Bacio Divino, Viader, along with several others during the last twenty years, and is now producing wine under his own label.  Well worth the visit while in Yountville for the day.

Girard Tasting Room: a surprisingly great find.

After visiting Jessup Cellars, Grant Long, Sr., encouraged us to try Girard wines at a tasting room right down the street.  It was already recommended by a guest, so we were glad to oblige Grant’s request.  We were pleasantly surprised to find they stayed open later than most tasting rooms in Yountville; but even more surprised by the nice wines we were privileged to enjoy.  I especially enjoyed the Chardonnay (crisp and light fruit) and the Petite Syrah (not too big, and plenty of bite).  The Zinfandel was also a nice surprise as it wasn’t overly spicy or jammy as some Zins are made in the Valley.  The staff is very helpful and enjoyable, and they even have small tables set up for those who don’t want to stand at the bar.  Along the one wall are overview maps of Yountville so that you can see the whole village in its four mile entirety.  In the back there is a small room where they can manage small groups of up to 10 people with advance reservations.  Considering that it is only steps away from Jessup Cellars, and a few blocks away from Hope and Grace, this could be part of a wonderful day spent in Yountville, strolling down the street and enjoying fine wines.