Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ah, the wonderful California wine...

I recently came back from what has to be one of the best trips I've ever taken.

It's true that the lifestyle of Sonoma and Napa winegrowers and wine lovers is much different than our fast pace Miami life. Moreover, at least most of the folks I spoke to seem to take a stance at life like no other group I met in the past.

They are concerned that their business must grow and prosper, since we're still in the midst of a financial crisis. But they are also hopeful that newer generations will learn about the viticulture and experience California's delicious wines.

The belief is widely spread about the importance of wine in people's lives. They are of a strong belief that wine should no longer be looked upon as a drink of the rich or elite. It's now also a blend of many hard at work along with many who work hard and love to consume.

Come join me on this ongoing post series where I will share with you my vacation exploration of Sonoma and Napa counties along with their surrounding valleys.

Over the next few days/weeks I will be posting on the smaller, less-known wineries which provide exceptional wine as good or at times better than some of the most powerful of Sonoma and Napa.

For now, here are some pictures of my stroll (not stop) along the side of some of Sonoma and Napa's bigger wineries.