Back up to Wine Country

As I may have mentioned, I have been out in California for the better part of two weeks visiting my in-laws with my boys who have been on Spring Break. Actually, that is not entirely accurate as the first week, I headed up to Sonoma shortly after dropping my son off at his grandparents’ house in the East Bay. I spent the better part of a week up there, coming back in time to help celebrate my son’s 13th birthday.

After Easter, I headed right back up, this time spending more time on the Napa side of things with several more visits and seeing a few good friends. I plan on writing much more on these experiences, but I thought for now I would publish a few pictures of my time out here.

My first stop was in Dry Creek where I helped a good friend bottle his 2013, I mean 2014 Merlot. That is me operating the corker as my friend fills a bottle.

My first stop was in Dry Creek where I helped a good friend bottle his 2013, I mean 2014 Merlot. That is me operating the corker as my friend fills a bottle.

The next day started at Old World Wines, going through about a dozen wines just after lunch.

The next day started at Old World Wines, going through about a dozen wines just after lunch.

I then headed down to Matanzas Creek, where there were another dozen or so wines.

I then headed down to Matanzas Creek, where there were another dozen or so wines.

After a night at the lovely Vintner's Inn, I was back up in Dry Creek for a tour and tasting at Ferrari-Carano.

After a night at the lovely Vintner’s Inn, I was back up in Dry Creek for a tour and tasting at Ferrari-Carano.

An hour drive through a crazy rain storm took me up to Mendocino County and a fantastic tasting at Ferrari-Carano's other winery, Lazy Creek.

An hour drive through a crazy rain storm took me up to Mendocino County and a fantastic tasting at Ferrari-Carano’s other winery, Lazy Creek.

The last time I was in Mendocino, I made the mistake of skipping Rogederer. Not this time....

The last time I was in Mendocino, I made the mistake of skipping Roederer. Not this time….

That night I ate at the incomparable Willi's Wine Bar.

That night I ate at the incomparable Willi’s Wine Bar.

The following day I spent some quality time at the Santa Rosa Library...

The following day I spent some quality time at the Santa Rosa Library…

...and an afternoon tasting at Jordan.

…and an afternoon tasting at Jordan.

Wednesday was bookended by two marathon tastings. The first was a four-hour laugh fest at Ramey.

Wednesday was bookended by two marathon tastings. The first was a four-hour laugh fest at Ramey.

Then just about four and a half hours at Rodney Strong.

Then just about four and a half hours at Rodney Strong.

The following morning meant nearly five hours at MacPhail.

The following morning meant nearly five hours at MacPhail.

Back out to the “extreme” East Bay for some birthday cake and a Korean Easter.

Monday morning right back up with a three hour tasting at Martin Ray.

Monday morning right back up with a three-hour tasting at Martin Ray.

I then raced over to Napa for a tour of the vineyards and a tasting at Cain Cellars with Chris Howell.

I then raced over to Napa for a tour of the vineyards and a tasting at Cain Cellars with Chris Howell.

Tuesday morning started early with my buddy Bill Smart at Lambert Bridge.

Tuesday morning started early with my buddy Bill Smart at Lambert Bridge.

After catching up with some old friends at Kokomo and Petersen, I somehow got roped into cooking for a dozen people at Cindy Cosco's house.

After catching up with some old friends at Kokomo and Petersen, I somehow got roped into cooking for a dozen people at Cindy Cosco’s house.

My last day started with a memorable tasting at Ehlers Estate...

My last day started with a memorable tasting at Ehlers Estate…

...and ended with a trip to one of my favorite online retailers, Last Bottle.

…and ended with a trip to one of my favorite online retailers, Last Bottle.

Other than that, not much has been going on….

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About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Philadelphia with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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8 Responses to Back up to Wine Country

  1. Kerry says:

    What a treat to have you here, Jeff. You are now the “reason” we “had” to open our 2004 Toulouse. So thank you for that. Also, nice to meet you.

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  2. Dang, “not much going on” lol. Right.

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  3. Lucha Vino says:

    I’m jealous! I really liked Kokomo when I visited Sonoma a couple of years ago. Did you visit Rachel at Rodney Strong?

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  4. I’m not as familiar with Sonoma as I am with Napa. I’m looking forward to reading your stories as I’m heading out to Sonoma at the end of the month. I’ve got a great trip planned so I’m excited.

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