Barrel Tasting, Harbinger of Spring: #WRBT 2012
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The weather along Wine Road has been Faux Spring all week, temperatures here hitting 75 yesterday, with blue skies, puffy white clouds and the breezes of Printemps hinting at the warmer weather to come….
And back in Healdsburg- the colors are intense greens and delicate pinks, bright yellow….
Spring in Northern California- to me, it is Barrel Tasting (I first attended the Event in 1983!) and a roller-coaster of warming weather and chilly rains. An author I like, Annie Lamott, expresses it beautifully in an article in SUNSET Magazine March 2012:
Northern California spring is not a nice orderly progression that you can recognize from any other part of your life. It’s a kaleidoscope. On almost any day, it can be almost any season. Hot, warm, very cold, rainy, then gray, then blue….Don’t get me wrong — there are aspects of spring that I do not like. Deer ticks, for instance, and everywhere you look, couples falling in love, and the air is saturated with the scent of giddiness and doom.
What a great description of our Heaven Condensed.
Here’s looking at you, kids.
P.S. I just looked up “Red Bud“- it can be “Red Bud” or “Redbud”- aka “Judas Tree” (hmm?)- and it is a town near the Walton home….but the mystery flowering bush here will still be Red Bud in my heart….
And now, James Thurber: