Wine Country Chronicles: The Beginning

Living in busy, compact San Francisco, sometimes I forget that we've got the gorgeous sprawling wine country for a backyard. As a child, my parents always dragged me along to tastings, where of course I couldn't understand why they wanted to sip that vile stuff in dark cellars. And I've been up there as an adult for weddings, events, or on my way up to Oregon or the coast for vacation.  wine country hill2

And though I do love wine now, somehow its never occurred to me that I would actually enjoy wine tasting. So the wine country remained a far-off place in my mind -- something for tourists or people with suitcases full of money to spend on huge crates of Pinot Noir. 

But then the other night we were at Chris' parents house in the North Bay, and we tried some delicious wine that was a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery was in Sonoma County, and all their wines were apparently just fantastic. As Chris had some business to attend to in Santa Rosa, we thought it might be nice to drive the extra twenty minutes and cruise by this land of delightful grapes. 

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The resulting adventures have sparked yet another time, money, and imagination consuming passion of mine. This post marks the beginning of a series of posts about our experiences in Napa and Sonoma Counties and other wine country locales. There will be posts about biodynamic and sustainable wineries, local restaurants and shops, wine varietals, tastings, tours, bottling, and more. I hope to take you on the trip with us as we explore and learn more about wine and the lives of those who live among the grapes. Hopefully it will prove interesting, whether you are a certified oenological expert or a wine neophyte, or even if you're somewhere in the middle, like myself. And if you don't like reading about our adventures, well, at least we'll have enjoyed some good wine.