Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Back at the condo in the early afternoon, we made sandwiches and rested up before our big night out to Yountville.
It was a pretty ride through Napa, but with all the traffic, we just made it to the French Laundry in time for our 5:15pm reservation. The entire dining experience was spectacular and went on for hours...three and a half hours actually! What an incredible treat and amazing luxury! We are lucky ducks!
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Deciding to take advantage of the grill at the condo, Big John's Market in Healdsburg provided dinner fare. After grocery shopping, we walked the bustling square and we're able to do more than window shop this time around.
A simple, yet yummy chicken dinner at home, with fine wine and a movie (Sideways) completed a fun day in wine country.
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Monday, May 29, 2017
The Russian River Rose Co. provided beauty and calm as we lallygagged through the rose gardens nestled among the vineyards. Inspired by nature, we decided it was time to start drinking wine.
The first tasting of the day was Sonoma Cutrer. Martinelli was next. It was a fabulous afternoon under the sun sipping wine, in beautifully curated surroundings, topped off with a picnic lunch.
A respite at the condo refreshed us before another round of decadence. Willi's Wine Bar in Santa Rosa lived up to its hype for dinner. The roasted bone marrow did not disappoint.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
We were able to get another hug from Julie and a half-dozen eggs from her backyard chickens before heading to SFO to pick up Candy and Ray. The Bay Area traffic was heavy, which made for a long ride up to Windsor.
Forty pounds of luggage fit comfortably on my side of the room. With jet lag nagging all of us, we opted for a quick dinner at KC's American in the sweet little town. Our first bottle of wine of many, no doubt, was celebrated over lively conversation. Oliver's Market offered a fun night cap of grocery shopping adventure before crashing into our comfy beds.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Julie and the girls welcomed us into their world with a loving and tender night in Marin County. Over rosé and appys we caught up while playing with toys and chickens in the cool Cali air of the backyard. Julie was creating a paella on the grill.
We picked lettuce from the garden and put together a salad and Cabernet to go with Julie's scrumptious concoction.
Years between family visits get shorter over a pleasant evening of togetherness.