Healdsburg Country Gardens
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... these vineyards and ones I see back in southern Ontario have to do with the drought. It is very strange to see rows and rows of barren or brown leafed grape vines. The rain just will not come it seems. And all of this with the back drop of the salt water Pacific ocean right there.
Our first night in Healdsburg there was a wind storm that blew down numerous trees and the like and the city lost power for three or four hours. We ...
... what they do; the tasting room and their house is covered in trailing white roses and overlooks their gnarly 50-60 year old Zinfandel vines. The tastings are accompanied by meatballs in a Zin sauce and as I don't do meatballs I got some citrus flavoured olives – delicious. Best of all the wines were absolutely outstanding. All of you winey types really need to go visit this place. Seriously.
Lastly we called in at Unti, whose wine we had had with ...
... no cable TV. The entire park is gravel; no grass, no dirt, so its not that nice a spot for the furry ones. The best we could do with over the air TV was the reception of 4 hispanic stations, none of which were broadcast in English. We watched shows that had been recorded on the DVD until we went to bed.
Tomorrow is another day. Hopefully the drive tomorrow will be less stressful. I'm getting too old and too grouchy to handle another travel day like that.
We had an early rise to head north. We drove over the golden gate bridge and headed into wine country! The first stop was a tasting at siduri. What an amazing Pinot!! This was a very different tasting. They had it in their bottling and storage facility in the city of Santa rosa. We saw the tanks and barrels and they explained the process they grow, harvest and ferment the wine. They have a very ...
... amazing things for the cause of Christ. There are no fewer than two dozen men and women who are now doing serious work for the poor, the environment and the arts from that orignal group of 100 students. I give Erik alot of credit for marshalling these efforts. He is also the namesake of our own son, Erik!
Well, I'll weave more detail in during these four preparation weeks and maybe some of the experimental photography that will take place.