Greetings from Fabulous California!

Oh, hello. Yeah, I still blog. Sorta. Apparently, it’s an annual thing… I am quite confident I am the only one reading this anymore and I’m okay with that. This reminds me of a line in one of my favorite movies, Elizabethtown: “Welcome to the annual meeting of people who annually meet, and we’ll see ya’ll next year.” All of my Blogger friends became my Facebook friends, and they’ve all abandoned their blogs, too. Ghost Towns. So now, we simply stalk  follow each other on FB offering high fives and chest bumps when warranted.

Let’s revert our attention back to Fabulous California… specifically, the fantastic Saturday afternoon that Romeo and I had recently* (*recently meaning 4 months ago – when I started this draft).

We headed up to Healdsburg to spend an afternoon among the Dry Creek Valley grape vines, which was virgin territory for us (aside from a stop downtown for lunch while passing through last summer).

Wow. Just wow. If small batch, uncrowded tastings hosted by the proprietor/winemaker themselves are your preference, this. is. heaven. We visited 6 wineries on this trip.

TIP: Share tastings. You’re welcome. 

Mounts  |  This vineyard is as agrarian as it gets. The tasting room is an open-aire garage and the rest rooms are {the cleanest I’ve even been in}  porta-potties. There are two resident pooches that greet you as you’re arriving and walk you to the car when you’re leaving. Delicious wine in a backyard setting.

Forchini  |  That’s “For-kee-nee” in case you weren’t sure. Walking in, it looked like your sweet, little ole grandma was pouring. What a firecracker she was; we laughed the entire tasting.

Frick   | What a cool spot and nectarous selection of wines. The proprietor then proceeded to refer us to our next two stops:

Talty    | Holy Grail of Zinfandel. This small producer specializes in single vineyard/estate grown wine. Yum.

Yoakim Bridge  | This place is magical. You pull up to a pair of Airsteams (presumably for overnight guests) and foliage with an intimate tasting room BEARing the California flag. 😉 This adorable couple met in culinary school in the city and decided that the chef life wasn’t for them. Course change to wine proprietors and the Mrs. makes a Cabernet BBQ sauce that has a cult following.

Seghesio | Oh Arneis, you “little rascal” indeed… hiding here at Seghesio! Here we discovered this ornery and difficult to cultivate little grape, that my palate savored (and I don’t *like* white wines…or do I?). I certainly LOVE this one.