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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Mr. Modtomic Is A Great Big Ol' Wine-O So It Goes Without Saying That No Trip To Cali. Is Complete Without A Visit To Sonoma. Status: Napa Was Two Years Ago.

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We made a little random road trip up through the Sonoma wine area north of San Fran while out west.  Unfortunately it was a cloudy day but at least it was mid week and there were absolutely No crowds!
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Ain't that a beautiful vintage farm tractor?  It's a Porsche!  I couldn't resist taking some beauty

shots of it.  How much fun would it be to take a hay ride in the California wine country on a

warm summer evening?  Too bad this little guy looks like a static display piece.

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I feel so bad that I can't remember the name of any of these wineries.  I guess that's what

happens after a few glasses of Chardonnay (Mr. Mod's personal fave).  I'm pretty sure I could

figure out the names if I were really pressed.  I think this one is the J & D Vineyards but

don't quote me on that.

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This place I do remember. It's called Artesa and had wonderful (but pricey) Chardonnay. I loved

all the "public" art that littered the grounds. It was all very contemporary. There is even a Mark di

Suvero piece stuck way way out on the grounds far away from the main building. No idea what

that was about but I recognized the style since there is a Mark di Suvero in the City Garden right

here in St. Louis.

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Inside the Artesa vineyards there was more art of all kinds as well as these beautiful and

comfortable "pub" tables sets.  I love the aluminum and wood (birch?) tripod chairs.  The

people in the background?  They're partaking of the wine tasting.  The fella in the light blue

jeans bought a case and was part of some sort of Artesa wine club.  I could see that!  They

gots some tasty libations here.

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As we were leaving Artesa we spotted the gaggle of Turkeys.  Check out the males struttin'

their stuff for the ladies! 

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures. Especially like the one of the turkey butts! And those chairs are killer. Thanks for taking us along to San Fran and Sonoma Valley!

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    1. Hi HT. Oh...if only I could take everybody along with me! We would have had a GOOD time!

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  2. Love that brutalist piece in the water. Stunning...and those pubs sets are very cool as well!!

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    1. Hi A Mod. That copper piece was huge! I would have liked to get a close up of the di Suvero piece too.

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