Today was all about living in the moment. I had no concern for tomorrow, yesterday. Only my 5 senses and the beauty of life. Le sigh. It was wonderful.
We started our tour of wine country in Jackson Park Vineyards on top of a mountain. Stunning.
We came down to explore the lavender fields of Matanzas Creek Winery. I LOVE lavender and couldn’t get enough of the heavenly smell!!
Of course nothing goes well with lavender like wine :mgreen:
Chris from Matanzas led us through a flight of their finest. From Sauv Blanc to Chard to Pinot, Merlot and finally a Cab. I think it was a tie between the Chard and Cab. Both were right up my alley – lot of flavor and body without overwhelming characteristics and perfectly balanced of the best of both grapes.
Chris hooked us up with some lavender goodie bags. I heart lavender!
We also had a selection of cheeses to pair with the wines. As a cheese lover, I was one who finished my plate and called it lunch!
The next stop on our tour was Arrowood Winery.
More delicious wines were poured. Viognier, Gewurstraminer, Chard, Syrah, Cab. My favorite was the peppery Syrah – lush and fruitful!
We nibbled on breadsticks throughout – more lunch!
Matt and ate at the far table to the left!
Here I am then!
We dined out on the patio, which was so gorg and turned out to be SO COLD!
I decided to be authentic and ordered the fig cocktail:
We got a selection of apps for dinner
A goat cheese plate with a fig cake, fruit compote and meats
And a pork belly!?
I had bites of each.
For dinner I had the ‘salad of the season’ – pumpkin seeds + dates!
It wasn’t very big, but it was all I needed.
We decided to move to a warm spot for desserts and went across the street to El Durado Kitchen
For the 6 of us we split 3 desserts. We couldn’t decide!! Being foodies, we maximized taste
Pumpkin + Apple Pies
And a S’mores Graham Torte!
We’re currently at Adam‘s hanging out a bit – might have just a taste of wine since there are so many amazing bottles all around – and then Jenna and I are headed up to her house in Healdsburg to get cozy. I’m so tired!!
What a magnificent day!! For more photos taken by Adam, visit the Flickr photo stream from the day!!