#WRBT Second Saturday 2012
I head out along Wine Road with Ray Johnson, the Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University, wine lover, writer, world traveler and general all around bon vivant. He is my Guest Star today and it is wonderful to see how many of our members know and love him from his classes, wine judging and Sonoma County presence.
So off we head along Wine Road for our 34th Annual BT:
Ray and I take Dry Creek Road north and, at just about exactly one mile out, we arrive at West Wines, one of our new members, under the large oak tree, right in the vines.
Traveling north, we arrive at Rued Winery, snuggled in the vineyards:
Back on the Wine Road heading north to Kachina Vineyards, dramatic entrance along their private drive past estate vineyards, just past the iron gates we arrive at this dreamy version of Tuscany: (like in deMaurier’s REBECCA as envisioned by Hitchcock…but I digress….)
Heading yet even further north, Ray and I arrive at another new Wine Road member: Chateau Diana, nestled into her garden-covered hillside:
Heading over Canyon Road east, we arrive in Geyserville for lunch at famous and very popular Catelli’s: (Lady Gaga was here just the other day- in our neck of the woods, Ray has similar fame, but not the wardrobe or dance moves.)
Excellent Italian fare- nicely complemented by 2010 Mauritson DCV Sauvignon Blanc.
Heading just down the road to Geyserville Mud: Delicious espresso!
Ray and I dodged the Paparazzi- though we met a nice chap who stopped me on the street (I now wear a Wine Road Tracy Logan badge when out- well, when out working….) to tell us that he had come all the way from Scotland to enjoy this wonderful time with friends.
Heading south on Geyserville Avenue, we arrive in Alexander-Valle- housed Trione Winery, spectacular in its stone-worked-vintage-historical-vineyard-encircled setting:
Our guide to the Trione Wines is winemaker Scot Covington, gracious, kind, funny and knowledgeable. I am amazed at the incredible wealth of wine knowledge embodied in Ray and Scot and honored, and a little cowed, to be included in this heady wine conversation. (Scot is very elusive, it would seem, and the Paparazzi were not successful in snapping him.)
Oh what a time we had….
Here’s looking at you, kids.