The story of how California wine was revolutionized,just like the title says.
Bought some nice fabric in St. Helena
Found a wonderful new Chocolate shop.
A few weekends ago we tried to visit this winery,but showed up too late. They are open very early,and they close earlier than the other wineries. This time, we went straight there and enjoyed a wine tasting, and the grounds. It was a very pretty fall weekend; and you could smell the grapes in the air as you walked up to the chateau.
This particular winery is famous for being one of the wineries that revolutionized wine in California. The other is Stags Leap,which I love. I heard mixed reviews of the movie that just came out about the 1976 Paris tasting, called "Bottle Shock," but I can't help wanting to see it. I might just read the book pictured above instead. The tasting was nice, and I really enjoyed the Zinfandel the best. I do have a bit of difficulties drinking California reds because of the sulfites that are added, they make my face turn bright red and hot. The French wines don't have sulfites, and any reddening of my face with those, is probably having had too much of it.
After that, we stopped in St. Helena. This is a very charming little town,with loads of shops and restaurants. We blew through there last time,and I saw a couple of places I wanted to go the next time we were in the area. One of them is called "Vintage Home," the other is "Woodhouse" chocolates. I bought some nice linen fabric that I can't wait to use, and tasted some very tasty chocolate. I wish I could have taken a picture of the inside of the chocolate shop, since it looked like a shop that would have been in Paris. They even had the tapestry, that I blogged about a while back, hanging on the wall. It really reminded me of my favorite chocolate shop in Paris called La Maison du Chocolate. I think I might visit their web site and see if I can have some shipped to my home.
Wine, chocolate,and beautiful fabric, what more could you ask for! Hope everyone else had a great weekend.