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After leaving Stanford, we headed north for a brief visit to wine country in Napa, and did a tour of the Robert Mondavi Winery.
1. It is possible to make white wine from red grapes as long as you remove the red skins.
2. Making wine is serious business in this part of the world.
3. In California, Starbucks are nearly as numerous as Subway sandwich shops. Fro Yo shops are a rarity.
... and was set in a nice woodsy area. There was this awesome Native California Garden, with a doe & her baby bambies nearby. In the evening, we walked around Downtown Napa (me in my hiking garb, I felt quite out of place in an up-scale, hoity-toity town.) Most of the shops were closed but it was fun to check out what the area was like. The City of Napa is in the process of building a 9/11 memorial, with beams from the Towers; ...
... shops. It is built around mineral hot springs, and makes good use of the available resources. There are lots of spas and health resorts in the town, and seems very relaxed. We are certainly happy to get out of the city, as we have been so busy since we left home.
Today we had booked a couples mud bath and massage at a nearby spa, and had great fun. It was a two hour experience and ended up with a ...
... two Queen Anne Victorians directly across the street from the other each have their own tale. The top house at 710 Ashbury was the home and headquarters of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead in the 1960s. The house was raided by the SFPD in October of 1967 and two band members were arrested, convicted, and fined $100 each for the marijuana and hashish found there. The house was featured in a number of ...
... the earthquakes and movement of tectonic plates had impacted the soils and micro-climates of the area. As we drove north to Calistoga, we proved his theory correct, that for each five minutes you drive north, the temperature increases 5-10 degrees fahrenheit. Calistoga, which is a small country town, was steaming hot, but lovely none the less. We also drove off Soda Canyon Road to explore the hills a little, ending up at Antica Winery to get ...
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