My lovely wife and I celebrated our third anniversary on October 14, and she surprised me with a three-day tour of wine country in Napa Valley and Sonoma County. We stayed at a bed and breakfast situated on a one hundred acre vineyard, and for the most part we found it delightful. The home was built in the late 1800’s and most of the furnishings were antiques. We weren’t crazy about the four-foot bathtub, just big enough to accommodate a child, but hey, nothing is perfect. If you’ve never been to California wine country, and you’re a wine drinker, making a trip there is an absolute must.
We sampled lots of different wines—some great, some drinkable, some like rot gut, and we enjoyed some great cuisine. What we found most interesting was the contrast between Napa Valley and Sonoma County. My wife and I much preferred Sonoma to Napa. To us, Napa was way too commercial, and many of the people that worked in the tasting rooms seemed cold and almost robotic. Few, if any had personalities. The wineries were clustered together, one after the other, and the entire valley felt more like a big city than a scenic adventure.
Sonoma County on the other hand was quaint, and the landscape lovely. Acres and acres of lush vineyards and beautiful examples of nature surrounded and separated the vineyards. One winery in particular—Ferrari-Carano—blew us away. The main tasting area was spectacular. The wines were excellent. And most important, the servers in the tasting rooms treated us like family. I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible the landscape was around the main structure. One of the servers told us that eight full-time landscape employees maintained the property. And the panoramic view of the countryside from the front of the tasting room was breathtaking. If you love wine; you’ll love Sonoma County.
SEQUEL UPDATE: Well, I just surpassed 103, 500 words and barring any brain freeze, I should be finished with the first draft of Resuscitation by the end of the week. I haven’t been shit-faced in years, but when I write, “The End”, I just might have to tie one on.