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through a glass softly

i visited heitz cellars in the napa valley yesterday. i thought looking through my wine glass at the bottles behind it made for an interesting effect.

lake benessere

on a recent visit to paso robles and the napa valley, we were greeted by torrential rains. here’s what the vineyard at benessere winery in st. helena looked like.

dog crossing

i spotted this sign on spring mountain in the napa valley. just loved it.

sun dappled

the vines at corison winery, napa valley, september 2009.

white swan

on a visit to chateau montelena in 2009, i was mesmerized by the swans in their lake.


we visited the napa valley on the day before thanksgiving and our first stop was at araujo estates, home to eisele vineyards. milt and barbara eisele were family friends and visiting stirred up some find memories.

red swing

budge brown lost his wife to breast cancer and decided to do something about it. he started cleavage creek vineyards and donates 10% of sales to breast cancer research. it was a crisp, clear autumn day when we visited.

eisele vineyards

my family and the eisele family have been friends for decades. milton and barbara eisiele owned and operated eisele vineyards, growing some of the finest cabernet grapes anywhere before selling the property to bart and daphne araujo. i was able to visit this past wednesday and the colors were stunning.


we visited casa nuestra winery in st. helena, which proclaims itself dog and goat friendly. meet nava.

autumn in napa valley

we visited the napa valley at the end of october last year. i don’t know that i have ever seen more spectacular fall colors. these are vines at larkmead winery.

napa vines

it’s hard to get tired of looking at grape vines. these are from corison winery in the napa valley last october.

Corison vines

autumn vines

we visited the napa valley at the end of october. the colors there at that time of year are mesmerizing.

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autumn vines

friday morning we met with cathy corison of corison winery in st. helena. i can’t imagine there’s a prettier time of year to visit the napa valley.

corison vines

swan at chateau montelena

we began the final day of our wine tour at chateau montelena. there’s a gorgeous swan in jade lake.


napa valley autumn

we arrived in st helena yesterday morning on a clear, crisp fall day. the scenery on spring mountain near york creek was breathtaking.