“One not only drinks the wine, one smells it, observes it, tastes it, sips it and–one talks about it.” – King Edward VII
(July 27, 2009)
Leaving San Francisco, we drove north through more beautifully contrasted golden hills with bright green trees. Soon we were passing vineyard after vineyard… we have finally arrived in wine country. Ahhh, wine. I have been wanting to go wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa Valley since I moved to California and am surprised it’s taken me so long. I love California wine.
With three nights of relaxation ahead of us, we hunkered down into our timeshare in Windsor, California. The time share was great for a family vacation. There was a pool for down time, it had a full kitchen, the kids had their own bedroom, and was large enough to settle in and the kids had their own bedroom. No more hotels! I was pleasantly surprised to see a small farm across the street from our balcony reminding me of back home! Sitting out on that balcony at night was so peaceful.
The first morning, I met up with a book club friend for breakfast in Santa Ana. It was nice to finally meet her in person (being an online book club) and we spent a pleasant morning together at a local cafe. After breakfast, I picked up the family and we all headed wine tasting. I heard that Sonoma is more accommodating with kids than Napa, so the kids came along. They enjoyed their time in the gardens while we sampled some delicious wines. One of the most gorgeous properties belonged to the Ferrari-Carano winery. Their gardens were beautiful…and the wine was tasty too! After a few wine-tasting stops, we went to Korbel for a tour. We were given the history of Korbel’s origination in 1882 and then taken down into the champagne cellars, followed by samples of the bubbly.
I couldn’t get over the scenery along the way between the wineries; it is just stunning. Northern California is so lush with trees and vineyards…I just stared out the window. It is so beautiful.
Ending the day with a nice buzz, I was happy.