Friday, June 4, 2010

Fun Times Part 2

This is the second part to a 3 part blog.  Our visit to a few local wineries!!!  Lots of fun stuff!

So Part 2 of this trip takes us to wine country!  We have some wonderful wineries in the area and we actually have one of the oldest wineries in California.  We decided to tour three (originally four - but we ran out of time) of the local wineries for wine tasting.

Our first stop:

Sobon Estates (click the link to check them out)  this winery is one of the oldest if not the oldest in California.  They have wonderful wines.

And the vineyard is beautiful and they have a museum that was so fascinating to walk thru.  Wonderful people work  here - and they are very knowledgeable.  We had a great time tasting the wines and checking out the museum.  I came here the week prior to the group tour and I had a great time.  I bought a few bottles at that time -  like the one below- this is a wonderful white wine - I enjoy both white and red wines.  Our area produces mainly reds but a few of the wineries do have white as well - like Sobon Estate.

Second Stop:  
 Dobra Zemlja (pronounced: dobra zem-ya) means "Good Earth" in Croatian.  Click on the link to check it out!  We had a good time here - great wine and a wonderful atmosphere!  They have beautiful gardens and a pond - so very relaxing.  Great wines! (did I say that already - LOL) One of my favorites is the Kikas!  I think a lot of people in the group liked it as well.  

I love their label - I keep a wine journal and I enjoy looking thru it on occasion to just look at the labels I have collected.

This is a picture of the entrance to the tasting room.  See those doors well this picture does not do them justice they are huge and beautiful!  I love these doors!

Here's a group shot of us inside the tasting room!  We sure did have a good time here as well!  But we had to head out after purchasing a few bottles - it's on to our next winery.  

Third and last stop:  
Our last winery visit of the day is a very special one to me and my family it's The Bray Vineyards (click on the link to see more).  This is a wonderful vineyard and of course we love their wines so much!  My only regret they are not related to me! LOL  I truly wish they were related!  I am actually a member of the wine club though and we get bottles of their wine on a regular basis.  One of their wines is called Brayzin Hussy a great red wine and it has the cutest label.  I have given these out as gifts at Christmas along with my Gorgonzola Cookies (savory and very yummy).

Isn't this the cutest label. They have this tub at the entrance to the tasting room! To cute! I think my favorite is their Barbera or the Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese.

This is a signed bottle of the Bray Vineyards wine we won at an auction - you can't really tell but this is a larger than normal bottle of wine.

We also had a group shot taken in front of a cute truck that is just outside of the tasting room - but our picture didn't turn out!  So this is a group call out anyone who has that shot please send it to me via email if you can and I will get that pic posted!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Inlinkz Challenge #1

An invitation came to play along in the first Inlinkz challenge.  Okay I thought this is new for me and I have been wanting to try my hand at making a joy fold card.  Yes - I'll combine these two and see what I come up with.  Well I think it's cute - love that the challenge colors are terrific for a boy!