We came down from our jazz funk buzz and woke up early as we had another little adventure to embark on…Wine Country. Never has two words sounded sweeter, or more fun. We got on the road and both Bobo and I were asleep within minutes. Not having to drive anymore rules.
We were running slightly late so gave our first wine tasting appointment a miss and instead went into the Barlow in Sebastapol. Here lives Wind Gap which is run by Renne and Ben’s good friend Pax. Unfortunately he wasn’t around but his delicious wine was. We arrived a little early so we went around some of the fab shops around here first. Bobo got some new sunglasses, which are a little out there…they look really fabulous. I took some pictures of some DIY natural kitchen cleaner equipment because I am super rock and roll #wildlife. I will be buying them as soon as I return back to the UK.
So shopping done, we made our way to the Wind Gap and sat down at the bar for our first tasting. I have never, ever done anything like this before so I had a lot to learn. Fortunately Renee and Ben know a lot about wine so I was in the best possible hands. I learnt that you swirl and sniff and then swirl it again, sniff it again and then sip…it’s kinda like trying to get a fruity whirlpool into your mouth. Another good practise is to listen really hard to what the tasting room person says and then repeat it all when others ask you what you think or what fruits you can detect in the wine. Like this: ‘O yer I pick up lots of peach. It’s really clean, not dirty at all, must be because it was brewed (that is definetly not the right word) in stainless steel.’ See how much I have learnt!!!
Pax makes really delicious wine that we all enjoyed a lot. He also has great taste in music…Fleetwood Mac, Rumours albums will always be one of my favs! Bobo and I liked the Trousseau Gris the most. I have never heard of this wine before. But it’s a cracker. Some might even say that it is wild.
So plenty of wine tasted at the Wind Gap and we make our way to have the most delicious lunch at Willowwood Market Cafe in Graton. This is a super tiny place that makes the most delicious food. We ate a lot of burrata which means that we have nothing to complain about at all!
We skip dessert here because Ben had ordered us something very special at the next winery: Marimar Torres. I don’t think that I have ever seen a place more beautiful. I know that I have said this a lot but come on! This place is divine. We drink a lot of different wine here which all tastes really good but if I am honest the one thing that I will remember the most is the special something that Ben ordered for us all- the chocolate covered figs. When I say chocolate covered forget all that you know about chocolate covered strawberries and instead imagine figs, baked in an over with chocolate and pistachio and it is served to you whilst it is all still warm and the chocolate very melty. Best sweet thing that we have eaten so far! The views are so beautiful that we decide to give our third winery a miss and enjoy the wine here a little longer. We work on our tans…Emma’s is progressing nicely…and after we finish the tasting and head out to pick grapes and take photos with the amazing spaniel sculptures. I do a lot of pretending to be a spaniel and Bobo loves it and joins in too.
So back home we go feeling very happy from such a wonderful sunny wine filled day. But a trip to Wine County, wouldn’t be a trip to Wine Country…so I am told…without two more stops on the way back. The first is to Wild Flour Bakery to pick up loaves upon loaves of bread to keep us full for the next week. I’ll tell you what this place is special. I’ll tell you something else…Cali is really great at giving you samples in food places. I must have tried 10 different breads much to Emma’s embarrassment. It’s so old school this place. I would be here every single day. Not only do we get bread but we get sticky buns and peach scones too. I die.
The second stop on the way back to The Bay Area is a cheese shop. Which again gives you a lot of samples…catch on UK, catch on! Because I am a small child I spent most of the time here working on my animal tower making skills. I’m getting pretty good. I got 5 animals high. They made me leave before I could add the sixth so who knows what dizzy heights I would have reached!
We made our way back home, feel asleep again…standard Blowen (Blunt and Bowen) behaviour. We spend the evening eating cheese, bread and drinking wine. What a bloody fabulous day!