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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As we were leaving Artesa we spotted the gaggle of Turkeys. Check out the males struttin'
their stuff for the ladies!