Sonoma Sunshine

A beautiful day in the wine country with our friend Emily. We attended the winter wine tasting party at Bartholomew Park Winery. We had joined their club last winter, but this was our first opportunity to attend one of the functions rather than simply enjoying the wine we get each quarter. This little winery only sells on location, so you won’t find it in your local store. There were about 8 different wines being sampled and wonderful snacks.

After the lunch and tasting we roamed the grounds, which are managed by a non-profit foundation as a park. There are hiking trails, picnic areas, and lots of fantastic scenery. We ambled about a bit without doing any serious hiking. The flowers are just beginning. Jean especially enjoyed the mustard fields. Emily and Jean chased a little blue butterfly for several minutes, but I’m not sure they captured it in their cameras.

This evening we returned to our condo and I cooked one of our favorite travel dinners – vinegar chicken. It’s a French dish we learned from Emily’s Mom and have adapted to travel because the ingredients are available anywhere – chicken, onions, potatoes, vinegar, and spices. Now it’s time to kick back and plan tomorrow. No photos this evening as we haven’t downloaded them yet. Perhaps tomorrow.

We heard it snowed in Seattle last night and the forecast doesn’t look good for several days. Our sincerest condolences to our friends in Seattle.



About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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