So head we did and our first stop Monday (according to the numerical order of my photos - I certainly can't keep track of them all!) was the Ravenswood Winery We decided we liked the looks of the Sonoma area more than the Napa Valley area (at least what we had seen of it by then) because it was much more country and fewer little towns with many, many shops to lure tourists. Lots of wineries though - no lack there! The Ravenswood Winery's logo is three ravens forming an interlocking circle with all their feet filling in the center and I really liked it. Also, they had Edward Gorey gift cards and a book of letters between Edward Gorey and a friend (I forget his name) and since I really enjoy Edward Gorey's books and artwork, that gave me a reason besides wine to like the winery. But the wine was good too. In fact I think this may be the one winery where I joined one of the club plans although whichever winery it was, the main reason I joined the one I did was because their cost to ship a case of wine was about half what all the other wineries we visited charged.
I took the first picture just because we were so tickled at someone decorating their property with little Roman or Greek ruins. It was a neighboring property of the winery. The winery itself had a lovely little pond out back and a beautiful view of the mountains rising in the back with a man-made waterfall (dry at this time of year) and a tiny little chapel they had built up above that.
If I remember rightly, we had dinner Monday evening in the hotel. I can't remember what we had but I know it was much more enjoyable than the one time we ate food at the San Francisco Hilton!
The next batch of pictures are from our Tuesday morning wine tasting - late Tuesday morning mind you. This was the V. Sattui winery and it was really something. Very much for tourists but I would imagine a lot of locals would shop there too because they had an incredible deli with artisanal cheeses, their own cured meets, pates, etc., prepared foods, beautiful sourdough baguettes (I've yet to have any ho-hum bread in California) and so on. Made me think I should drive to California sometime just so I could come here, pack up a cooler and drive back home! Just really hated leaving all that deliciousness behind. They also had good wines and we had a delightful lady take care of our tasting. She had the energy of about 10 people and just jumped from wine to another. We were supposed to try 6 wines and I have no idea how many we actually tried - more than 6 that's for sure! I think at this winery I may have added a 2-bottle order to Heather's ever growing selection of wines which will be winging their way to her house. Or maybe this is where I joined the club - I am so far behind and it was such a whirlwind of winery visits that I really have no idea and will just have to be pleasantly surprised whenever I get whatever I get. Anyway it was a fun visit and I kind of wish we had bought some cheese, meat and bread there and then sat outside to eat it for lunch. Here are the pics:
And I should be asleep by now, so good night from my "hear the ocean" apartment. I love it!