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    that's awesome! thanks for sharing.

    i'm a super lightweight. i'd be toast after just one sample or two i'm sure.

    did they help educate you on what wines go good with what foods/occasions and that sort of thing?

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    I was under the impression that wine went good with all foods and occasions.

    ..hey it makes communion better

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    Quote Originally Posted by bugfreak View Post
    did they help educate you on what wines go good with what foods/occasions and that sort of thing?
    Yes. They more recommended wines that would go well with the wines were were sampling. "This wine would go well with a hearty meal and some meat because of the robust flavor..."

    One of the places had a list of all the flavors you should experience when drinking that particular wine. The card would say:

    AROMA:
    PALATE:
    FINISH:

    This was really helpful for me, even though I couldn't pull out barely any of the flavors. But it made me feel more educated. I also liked laying the wine glasses on their side and rolling it down the bar to decant the red wines.

    I also ran into Lois today while exploring the California countryside! I'm mad that I didn't think to get a picture of the two of us. She was the first TF member I've met in the real world! lol.

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    Come back tomorrow to get our picture then you can meet Peter, too.
    It was a gr8 pleasure meeting you too, J C
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    We are headiing out to California this August, I don't suppose you would be willing to let me know the name of this particular tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RoGeTa View Post
    We are headiing out to California this August, I don't suppose you would be willing to let me know the name of this particular tour?
    "California Wine Tours - Sonoma Public Tour" was the specific one we went on. California Wine Tours does all sorts of tours: public, private, limos, and they have Napa tours as well. The tour we went on was about $80 and included 5 tastings (valued at $5 - $10 each) and a $15 meal at Ledsons. Plus they drive you around and tell you about the area, so in my opinion it was worth it. That price also included the tip for the driver.

    I think some of the tours do not include the tastings in the costs so make sure to look at all the options for the best fit for you. You'll have a blast, this part of the country is so beautiful and so fragrant!

    California Wine Tours.

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    We went to a couple more vineyards on our own today. I am continuously amazed with the landscape around here. Everyone is so nice and friendly. I'm also impressed because nobody we have encountered has been pretentious or arrogant about wine; in fact, many of the guides at the wineries have gone out of their way to talk about certain wines that people generally don't like of theirs and why that may be. It's so relaxing, too.

    I just wish that in the second picture the rose bushes at the end of the grapevines were bigger and more colorful. Everyplace we went the roses were busting out except here (at least by the grapevines). I'm not sure why, but maybe a slightly different micro climate.











    The barn is on the "Valley of the Moon" property. I had remembered buying a bottle of their wine back in college so I had a nice nostalgic moment at that particular place.

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    Awesome information! It looks beautiful. I have been to California quite a few time, but have never made it up to the Sonoma/Napa valley area. I'll finally be 21 by the time we get there, so I really want to go now. I have found it to be quite difficult to be a conniseur of good wine when you aren't old enough to buy it Glad you are having fun! Beautiful pictures too!

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