Cross Roads Inn
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... buy any wine, though, or sign up to their Wine Club. Efron, our tour guide and driver talked knowledgeably all the way out, but he was quite bossy and very strict about getting us back on the bus on time. Latecomers suffered his wrath and incurred a lecture on timekeeping and why it was important to keep to time on a bus tour when we have appointments to keep. That's all well and good, but we're tourists and time isn't important to us. He could have afforded to chill out ...
... looks like a 300 year old Tuscan mansion, complete with trees growing into the sides of the building, gnarled grapevines wrapping around banisters, and panoramic views of both Prichard hill (where $1000 bottles of Cabernet are born) and his awesome gardens. Pat and his wife live on the estate in a gorgeous-looking home camoflauged by ancient trees and landscaping, and they even are somewhat sustainable when it comes to their food -- there is a pen of sheep, rabbits, ...
... and Napa Valley wasn't as commericalized. Now they charge $15-$25 for a tour, and its all computerized and fancy.
We just made the 2:00 tour, and it was not as detailed as it was 20 years ago, but still interesting. Plenty of tastings, and even a risotto snack to go with the wine. At the end they, of course, deposit you in the gift shop. I wouldn't say its worth $25, ...
... this must be where the money is). The light rain in the air reminded me of when I lived on the West Coast. This was the type of rain that you know will eventually go away - generally in three to four months. Well, when you are handed lemons, get out the salt and tequila. The strategy was to dress properly, adjust speed and enjoy. Riding along this route felt like 'old home week'. Passing the estates of my old friends such as: Robert Mondavi, Opus One, ...
Keyless Entry I was waiting in Lee's kitchen. Ginger would soon deliver me to United Airlines at SFO. I mentally checked off my final item on my final "To Do" list. I had one key hanging on my keychain . Did it miss its friends? I imagined all of my keys had shared many stories, each one filled with more self- importance than the next. The first to depart was Ms. Office Key. How many times had she crowed, "I bring home the bacon, buddies!" and then tell the tales of ...
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