Much like Christmas or any anticipated, special days, A Wine & Food Affair 2011 has proven itself to be ephemeral and has joined the annals of memory. I had a whirlwind of a time along Wine Road. A brief run-down of my visits and thoughts- even though we had a wee spot of rain, the Fall in Northern Sonoma County is gorgeous- lots of spectacular foliage and last-roses-of-summer in all their autumnal glory:
I stopped first at Copain Wines, home of spectacular vistas and lovely, hospitality and wines.
Borrowed from an online portfolio- Fate stepped in and I did not get a single shot….
Onward to DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach check in table….
Photo opp with guests and The King.
Love that wine opener collection….
Made a circle route over to La Crema Winery next:
La Crema Winery – open just for special events.
La Crema vines right near the parking lot.
Next up, Sonoma-Cutrer:
Gorgeous fall color along walk into winery….
@SonomaWilliam, #SimpleHedonisms, blogging away….
There were guests playing croquet- these were the types of guests who did not melt in a little misty rain!
Next up, bubbles and stills at Korbel:
Amazing, historic location….and bubbles!
Towards Guerneville to 116 south:
Russian River Vineyards:
I am very attracted to trompe l’oeuil….
Typical famous winery dog shot for me, in this case, Chester, who was very interested in the Filet Mignon being served…..
Next up: Dutton Estate Winery:
Last Hydrangea of summer at Dutton Estate…..
Heading now to Graton Ridge Cellars:
Autumnal scene at Graton Ridge.
Hey- new bocce court since I was here….
Paella- and delicious I must add…
Amazing, hand-made bar with guest enjoying it….
Left: AW&FA 2011….
Winter Wineland to the right: #Wineland2012
Bella- and she is- but again, a typical Wine Time TR dog shot…She is under the paella pan- as was I…..
Just up the Wine Road is Lynmar Estate:
Quail Hill Vineyard.
I stayed in the RRV this year-but the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys had Wine Road AW&FA action too…one of my friends sent me this of Greg at Kachina Winery:
He, like I and all our members, send you cheers from our three Wine Road AVA’s in Northern Sonoma County: the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Next up is our 20th Winter Wineland! If you tweet: #wineland2012 .
Here’s looking at you, kids.