Bella Villa Messina
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... Both were highly entertaining. A brief break to make an apple pie and a lemon meringue pie and take them around to Hayley and Sam's for the pre-firework barbie. Finally it was time for the fireworks, a short walk down the road through the crowds to the spot we reserved this morning. The display was very impressive, a good half an hour of spectacular fireworks. By this time we were exhausted so packed our blankets and chairs up and headed back to Carols for a well earned rest! ...
... and muffins to line the stomach, we set out on the trial of the local vineyards. Sadly the weather has turned today, so as Zoe drove home from Lagunitas Dan did the driving around Sonoma. We tried a good number of cracking wines, the most famous from the valley being Zinfandel – we bought the customary bottle, which perhaps we’ll enjoy in the hot tub later ...
... wanted to see since I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s "The Birds". This was the setting and filming location for this film so it was so awesome to see this in the flesh. I was able to see the schoolhouse building where the kids all run from when the birds attack them (so funny!) and the dock Tippi Hedren arrives at and is attacked by the bird, as well as the location where the phone booth explodes by the gas station, though a different building is there ...
... of it meant (reference my previous post about knowing nothing about vino!) but it was nice to listen in.
Next up we went to Mount Family winery; again a fine selection of wines accompanied by the winemaker whose taciturn delivery was both amusing and a nice change from the sometimes somewhat over effervescent delivery that can wear thin after a few tastings. Suitably juiced on some very tasty rose and Grenaches we called into the dry creek country store ...
... the mouth of the river. Jenner, where the river and the sea come together, it is a really special place. I plan to go kayaking there once I am living up here.
We head home tomorrow in the early morning… never manage as much as hoped, but always amazed by how much gets done anyway. We won’t be back up here till early April. Then, finish the drywall and whatever else we can do.
Till then, sending much love from the river,