Last week I received several emails from some of my favorite Bay Area guests and friends. Many were reaching out to book with us for Valentine’s others simply needed a dining tip and we are ever so happy to oblige.
Recently I picked up a book by neuroscientist David J. Linden from Johns Hopkins University. If you have not yet heard about it I highly recommend it. The title of the book is Touch, The Science of Hand, Heart & Mind. This book examines how our sense of touch and emotional responses affect our social interactions. I was particularly intrigued when he discussed how we perceive chili peppers as rewarding even when they are likely to cause a level of pain. Dr. Linden believes having a controlled sensation of threat rewards our senses with utmost pleasure.
In light of this excellent reading, I could not help it but recommend the wonderful Valentine’s offering at TORC. Chef Sean O’Toole has created a progressive shared menu intended to be eaten with the hands. There is something unique, delightful and bonding about the tactile experience of food. By experiencing food with our hands we add a different dimension to our culinary exploration and can better appreciate the wine pairings and the fluidity they add to the meal.
I personally recommend TORC and we often include it as part of our wine tour itinerary as the golden seal to close a wonderful day of exploratory wine tasting.
I Know many of our favorite repeat guests will be busy on Valentine’s with work and other obligations. But next time your schedule permits why not let us recreate Valentine’s for you with a wine tour raincheck.
Jona, David and I can’t wait for the opportunity to spend a few days with you and yours. Until then thank you for trusting us with your business. We continue to work diligently to find the best and newest wine and food experiences in Napa and personally testing each and everyone to make sure we only book you to see and taste the best of the best.