Category: Itineraries

My Twisted Rose

This is the pruned rosebush outside my kitchen window. It’s beautiful to me not only because of its intrinsic gnarly character, but also because I know what it once was, and what it will become again soon: bursting with roses. It reminds me of the twisted vines found in vineyards during winter. Surely winemakers see […]

A Tasting Bar Mishap

Last weekend, I went wine tasting in the friendly village of Carmel Valley where 19 tasting rooms are within walking distance of each other. I was enjoying my first sip at Talbott Vineyards when I overheard a man talking to the wine host, offering her five dollars for a refill. Judging by the man’s apparent […]

Turning 21 with style

When my friend’s son turned 21, he went to Las Vegas with a group of his friends to celebrate. When he came back, I did not ask him about his trip. I didn’t want to know. But it got me thinking about my own son, who will reach the legal drinking age in approximately 16 […]

Last Stop, Peju

When wine tasting through Napa, Peju Vineyards is usually my last stop. Peju kindly keeps their tasting room open until 6 p.m. every day, and it is perfectly located on Hwy 29, close to Oakville Grocery Store and easy to spot after you’ve had a grand day visiting other wineries up the road in St. […]