Tuesday, May 31, 2011

All the pretty vineyards

After leaving Janet's and retrieving our bags in Sacramento, we traveled through Napa Valley (this route) to tour the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Valley wine growing regions of Sonoma County. Janet suggested going to the Healdsburg area to tour vineyards and taste wine, so we decided to take the scenic route through Napa just to say we'd been there, then wine tasted in Sonoma County.

We got a great tour from Janet's friend, Matt, who is a winemaker at Mauritson Family Winery in Healdsburg. Here is another winemaker filling the oak barrels after some of the wine has been absorbed. They want to keep the barrels as full as possible with no oxygen. Oxygen is only good for the wine after the bottle is opened and it is ready to be consumed.

We brought home 10 bottles of wine. :)

You can see more vineyard pictures here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

ok...so i thought the person pouring the wine was actually you. :) i thought to meself "wow that is so cool!"
i was also hoping that some of that 10 bottles might be to share! and when i clicked out of google reader to the blog itself i wondered did i ever send you the pictures of the cows?