Keeping It Flavorful: An evening of aperítifs and cheese bites

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Since it opened, I have wanted to stop in to get a taste of the aperítifs at L’Apéro les Trois.

Their apéritifs, touted as inspired by French farmhouse-style aperitifs, are the delicious result of infusing wine from Berryessa Gap Vineyards with seasonal local fruit. Their photos of fresh fruit and refreshing beverages have called to me from my Instagram feed for weeks.

With an ever-so-slight pause in my children’s outdoor activities and in-between volunteer ventures, I took the opportunity to go in for a sampling of what they had to offer in the tasting lounge.

While their menu has two Tasting of Three options (three specified tastings and a choice of your favorite apéritifs), I chose to go with the Grant Tasting of Six. I could say that I wanted to go big, but what it came down to was the fact that I couldn’t make up my mind and the logical thing was to just try them all.

When the tasting plate arrived, I was advised to start with the lighter of the six and work my way up.

The L’Apéro les Trois aperítifs line up featured the Blenheim Apricot, Meyer Lemon, Homestead Quince, Rosemary Orange, Black Mission Fig and the Green Walnut. I tasted my way through all six before I could confidently say what my favorite one was.

For the most part, I enjoyed all of them. Each had its own unique flavor profile and hint of sweetness. But when it came time to order my favorite aperítif, I was torn between the Meyer Lemon infused sauvignon blanc and the Green Walnut infused primitivo.

I opted for the Meyer Lemon since it was on the lighter side, and I enjoyed the slight tart of the citrus. Funny enough, I found out my sister also had those as her top choices when she went on the Albariño Stroll.

Small bites
L’Apéro les Trois also features house-crafted appetizers featuring local businesses.

I opted to try out the Sky Hill Napa Farms Goat Cheese topped with a drizzle of Bondolio’s Extra-Virgin Olive oil and Herbes de Provence. I can see future visits of enjoying the goat cheese, an aperítif and a book.

I’m already a fan of goat cheese, but the drizzle of olive oil and the flavor of the herbs really took it up a notch. The tangy flavor was truly complemented with the Herbes de Provence. I don’t know that goat cheese will be the same again without it.

I also tasted their Rêve Bistro gougères, which are bite-sized French cheese puff pastries. Each puff was delicate, yet cheesy and had a slightly crunchy outside. You get eight, but I certainly could have eaten a plateful if I had access to it.

Founders Georgeanne Brennan, Corinne Martinez and Nicole Salengo have truly created an experience for both the soul and the palate. From the charming indoor decor to the intentionally crafted food and aperítifs – I highly enjoyed the vibe at L’Apéro les Trois.

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