(i got the day off work) my friends pat and karen had a wine pickup ready and invited me along. i LOVE going to wine country!
"the hit motion picture, Sideways, put the Santa Maria Valley viticultural appellation, including the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail, on the map in 2004. Following the picturesque winding roads of Tepesquet and Foxen Canyon will lead you to world-class wineries by way of sprawling vineyards and rolling hills. In the more northern region of the appellation, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir reign due to the maritime climate. This ensures a long temperate growing season which the Burgundian varietals crave. In the southern region of the appellation, the trail moves a bit east resulting in hotter days and cooler nights. Bordeaux and Rhone varieties flourish in this more extreme climate. The wineries in this region boast a concentration of California's most well know wine-makers; join them year round in the tasting rooms or at the many weekend events."
the day was glorious, sunshiny and autumny warm, a slight breeze sent turning leaves across our path. we visited four wineries and i made many uneducated impressions about the wines we tasted. my friends said it matters not, you know what you like! we spent the entire day out, returning home with thirty minutes to spare before our needlework ~ embroidery class. which was kind of funny, and probably not the best idea to combine these activities in the same day. :) without looking too closely, here is what i am working on...