Dinner was edible, the wines were from WSAH, and were fine for the meal. Thanks and gifts were presented to various participants, including JD and me, and then we all met back at the Meritage for wine and roasted marshmallows around the fire pit. By that time, JD and I were beat and we headed back to the BW for a good night’s sleep.
7/25 we slept late. Comfortable bed and quiet place. Got up and dressed, found some bad-for-you-but-tasty food down the road at Applebee’s for breakfast, stopped at Target to pick up some supplies (read wine), and went back to the room to sit on the patio and read and nap until it was time to get ready for the wedding. The wedding was, of course, beautiful and moving. Joe officiated - his first wedding! - and did everyone proud. It’s always heartwarming to attend a ceremony for people who have clearly found their soulmates. I read a short poem that Megan had assigned to me; other readings occurred. Tears ensued. Perfect.
|Reception in cave @ Meritage|
While pictures were being taken, the guests trooped out to the patio for wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. The wines for the reception and dinner were from Cline and Jacuzzi. Dinner was tasty. Dancing followed. We faded around 10 p.m. or so, but I heard the party went on for a while after. Our wedding duties done, we focused on WINE.
|Barr opening his wine.|
|Pulled pork 'wich @ Zin. Yum!|
After replenishing our strength, we set off to visit Clay Mauritson at Mauritson Family Winery. The fog cleared, the sun shone, and Clay, after a quick tasting in the tasting room, and some barrel tasting in back, filled a wine bag with bottles and glasses, loaded us into his truck, and headed up the road to the Rockpile at the very tippy-top of Sonoma. Straddling the ridge between the two arms of Lake Sonoma is Rockpile AVA. One of the newest appellations in California, Rockpile's location and history can be described in one word: DRAMATIC!
|Clay opening a Rockpile Zin|
|JD, me, Chris at Rockpile|
Next, a full day of tasting along Rte. 29 and the Silverado Trail.