What a totally beautiful and wonderful day!!!
It started with an in-flight nap for 45 minutes with all of the following -
I woke up and got a TON done!!! 3 MNT review articles, a 480 project half done and a freelance article!
Lunch on the flight was anticlimactic – a bagel + cheese sandwich around 1:30PM. My airport choices were Quiznos (with limited selections and no whole wheat bread), a Chicken + Cranberry salad or a Veggie Sandwich.
I chose a Multigrain bagel with Swiss cheese, cucs, tomatoes and lettuce. I waited until 1PM to eat it – until I was really hungry. It felt good to be done and enjoy this for the last hour of the flight -
I got this HUGE apple but didn’t dig in
After landing we met up with BethT, who is totally awesome (remember when I met her for a Golden Gate Run!?) Beth packed us East Coasters snacks for the ride to wine country!
Zucchini bread, cheesy bens + scones!
I had a bite of each
And herbed nuts for me! Thanks Beth!!!
PLUS chocolates from SF to totally suit my taste. Beth know me so well
Bourbon Pecan + Bananas Foster – two of my very favorite flavors!! Saving these for later
Tina got cookie Friday!
Beth’s neighborhood is so hip
We climbed over the Golden Gate!
Beth packed such great snacks for us! In addition to the baked goods, she had carrots + hummus + cheese + apples!
Nibbled on these for wine fuel.
Then we were in Wine Country!
The Dry Creek Region Just gorgeous!
And then we arrived at Eden-
The winery was GORGEOUS!!
I couldn’t believe we had flown 3000 miles to get here in one day
We made friends with this fun doggie!
We tried the Pinot Blanc and then the Chardonnay – both totally impressed me.
We embarked on a tour of the property. I was seriously so impressed with what I saw. All organic. Crops. Animals. Wines. Totally impressed by the diversity of this farm. What a hidden gem! It is clear that the owners here care about more than just the taste of their wines. All of their grapes come from the soil of the earth, something that is truly commendable here in Wine Country. And an Eden here on earth.
While on our tour we witnessed the most amazing thing – a bee swarm!
The natives were not concerned for their safety
After swarming for 10 minutes, the bees formed a clump around the queen
I was a little scared!
But then the tour moved into the organic garden
I ate one of these off the wine vine
And a vine-ripened California fig!
We ventured to the rose garden
And then the vineyards
We got the awesome opportunity to watch grapes be crushed by our hands and taste the fresh juice
It tasted like pure antioxidant. SO pure and fresh.
After our tour we ended up meeting Jenna’s friends for cheese + baguette + wine for some Michel Shulemburger wines
This cheese was a coffee + lavender blend. OMG goodness!!
The MS logo -
We got the opportunity to sample Humanitas wines, a winery founded by Judd Wallenbrock. All profits of The Humanitas wines are donated to charity. Humantias stands for philanthropy, character and human nature. Needless to say I was impressed with both the mission and the delicious cab + merlot blend.
The live music was relaxing and fun
So was the cheese that I had many bites of -
And wine samples
And gorgeous flowers. I was seriously in Eden all day. SO thankful.
For dinner we headed to Healdsburg to try out Zin Restaurant.
More wine!!! It’s wine country after all!
We tried one of each of the starters -
Fried Green Beans in a Mango Sauce
Ravoili with Corn + Ricotta
Shrimp with Peppers and Grilled Lemon
FIGS IN A BLANKET!! Blue cheese, prosciutto and figs in puff pastry. Highlight of the evening.
Some of Beth’s chicken + grits
And my Butternut Squash + Apple Soup with Lemon Creme Fresche and Bacon, which I shared with Tina