As we visited wine country all across the Golden State this year, we saw many beautiful sights. These impressions have lingered with us:
Stopping in Placerville on the way to Madrona winery, there’s gold mining history everywhere you look.
The drive from Morro Bay to Edna Valley is a slice of “old California” with rolling yellow hills and sentinel oaks. When the fog rolls in, “beautiful” isn’t enough to describe it.
We enjoyed Healdsburg with its huge old trees in the historic town square. We love the incredible hotels, restaurants, shops, and bakeries and sipping a sparkler with winemaker Susie Selby in H2 Hotel’s Spoonbar restaurant with winemakers all around.
Giving a toast to an up close view of the Golden Gate and the Bay Bridge AND the San Francisco skyline, just a minute from Stein Family Winery.
When we visited Sonoma’s gorgeous Dry Creek Valley with its gnarled old Zinfandel vines, we hung out with three vibrant generations of the Pedroncelli family.
Getting our “Italy fix” at Ca’ Momi in Napa’s fine Oxbow Marketplace, inhaling the heady aromas of great homemade Italian food and Ca’ Momi wine and fighting over the box of Italian-style pastries they gave us.
It’s been another fantastic fun year with California wine.
Let’s toast to more beautiful sights in 2014. Salud!