When we left San Francisco, we decided to take a scenic drive up Highway 1 on the California Coast. Our little Ford Focus rental handled the drive through death defying cliffs with flying colors. We also learned (much to my chagrin) that Daniel has a future as a race car driver!
|A lookout point we stopped to visit along the way.|
|Clearly we are new to selfies.|
|We passed tons of cow pastures on our way to Santa Rosa.|
When we got settled in at our hotel (the Hyatt Vineyard Creek...I would definitely recommend), Muffin and I decided to go to a wine tasting room downtown. We tried two different flights and had a great time in the cool California air.
We then decided it was time to head back to the hotel and find a place to eat dinner. We settled on another french restaurant (apparently we were on a kick). This place had the BEST escargot. I know some readers are losing their minds over my love of snails...but I just can't help it! They have such a rich taste and are a Katie and Daniel favorite!
|Our amazing escargot!|
|Daniel's yummy huevos rancheros|
The best part of going to such small vineyards, however, was being there during harvest time. Each vineyard was full of activity and we got to experience all of it. We ate grapes from the vines, we ate grapes in harvest buckets, and ate grapes just about everywhere! We also got to taste freshly pressed grapes, wine in various stages of fermentation, and had barrel pours of aging wine. The best part was getting to meet so many of the vineyard owners. I loved hearing their stories and perspectives about wine.
|Eating harvested grapes.|
|Gorgeous vineyard views.|
|Grapes ready for harvest (the yellowing leaves are a big indicator that it's time to harvest).|
|One vineyard made the cutest custom sign for us!|
Oh, the hot tub. There is just something about my face that says tell me your deepest (and most awkward) secrets and I will be here to support you. Let's keep in perspective that Daniel was 100% against going in the hot tub for this very reason--I always make interesting friends wherever we go. However, Muffin is sweet and decided to let me win this one. So, we get in the hot tub where there is already a couple enjoying their evening. We begin to read immediately in order to A. accomplish our mission of relaxing and B. mind our own business. Next thing you know I am in a full on conversation about knee surgery, marriage, planning a wedding, and, worst of all, mediating an argument between this couple about their wedding. After 2 hours of this, they decided to call it a night and Muffin just hung his head with amusement.
|Korbel, in it's original building since opening in the 1800's.|
|Wine and food pairing.|
|Amazing food for our wine pairing.|