Monday, October 02, 2006

Napa 1

ZD Wines

What a dream for me and my wife to be invited to a wineyard in Napa Valley in California. Private Guide. Manager herself.

After all, it’s a long distance between Norway and Napa. And the wineyards there, wow, we had many years ago seen a soap TV from, I’ve forgotten the name, but the only thing I do remeber is that one of the main actresses once were married to a certain Ronald.

We left from just outside Sacramento, Rande, Anna and me, in what we thought was in due time. After all, it was not that many miles to drive. But, TRAFFIC, in the Bay Area and the areas inside do give you some surprises. Not unexpected for Bay-Area citizen, but not mentally wanted, we arrived too late. (A cellphone is from time time a handy gadget when you need to give messages).

Well, as a result we started at the end: Luncheon with the CEO of ZD Wines, Julie. We had a very agreeable lunch, I must admit, sitting outdoor in an a lovely green park. So nice to sit outdoor with relaxing, intellectual, refecting and really nice people. And Julie is also an artist. Look at her glasspainting.

However, we were to late to the special given ”sightseeing” at the ZD Winery. But Anna and I said to Rande, which he too insisted, we shall go there. And we did. What a guide we had. Barbie Jamieson. She is also president of PAWA.

ZD Wines is a small wineyard. Their land is limited, so they compete with high quality wines. We were there at the very last day of bottling last years wine harvest. Before the wines are bottled the floating grapes are so lucky they live in barrels made from oak, mostly from France and some from Portugal, and may be from US (if quality OK).

Thanks to Barbie, my Scottish American Wine-Guide. That was a guidence I’ll never forget.


Blogger RennyBA said...

Wooow, lucky you! What a lovely winery and how great to be guided by the manager herself - thanks for sharing!
I've been to wineries myself, but only in Australia. Would love to go to California to do another though!
Have a lovely week TorAa:-)

October 03, 2006 2:45 pm  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I think the show about the winery was called "Falcon Crest."

What a wonderful trip. I made it to a few wineries back when I lived in California. I think I have more of an appreciation for wine now and I would like to do another trip to Napa.


October 03, 2006 6:14 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

Maybe we should join Barbie Jamieson's charity, PAWA?

I've been visiting winerys in France and Chile as well. The most exotic was of course in Chile when we went down into "Casillero del Diablo.

October 03, 2006 6:22 pm  
Anonymous Gunnar Bråthen said...

Is this the place where I can order 12 bottles of Tor 2003 for my Wine Cellar?

You seems to do nothing but travelling. Aren't you working?

Napa Valley, Bay Area, Sacramento....
I bought my wide brown hat in Sacramento and remember that Sacramento was the starting point of the Pony Express. Wasn't it?

Anyway. I love your travel letters.

October 03, 2006 6:38 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

You can reserve your finest selection of Tor here:

I've been working so hard for many years, my employer offered me 52 days vacation this year. An offer I could not refuse.

Sacramento and the PonnyXpress. Start or end? From Sac to SF the journey went with the classic river wheelsteamers - it took 10 hours.

October 05, 2006 3:08 pm  
Anonymous gunnarbrathen said...

Could not find any winestor here Tor. BUT I found it here: :-)

October 05, 2006 4:27 pm  
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