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2 Nov

There is nothing like eating a meal prepared by a skilled cook, paired with wonderful wine or beer in the company of friends and family.  Great meals, whether they take place at a table set with fine crystal or gathered around a kitchen island, are one of life’s great luxuries.  The warmth of good company, the laughter, the sharing, the pure pleasure of the food and drink.  A great meal is more than the sum of its parts.  A great meal is akin to a work of art or perfect poem. I am a very lucky lady.  I have beautiful family and wonderful friends scattered all over the world.  I have been fortunate enough to travel widely and eat many memorable meals with incredible people.

This August my husband, daughter and I flew west for a cousin’s wedding in a small town outside of Santa Cruz.  We went three days early with the idea to spend the extra time exploring Sonoma County.  We tasted extraordinary wine and inspired food.  We enjoyed magnificent views and the peace and beauty of the area. In Sonoma I met some of the people who manipulate the raw materials to make those extraordinary meals possible.   Winemakers, tasting room staff, olive oil makers, chefs.  Every person I spoke to was doing exactly what they always dreamed of, exactly where they dreamt of doing it.  It was the kind of inspiration that changes you, re-focuses you and lights a little bit of a fire under your ass.  Thank you Sonoma.

If you are planning a trip to Sonoma do yourself a favor and stop in at DaVero.  If Colleen is there ask her everything about everything.  Her olive oil is one of the most amazing things I have ever tasted. Period.  Another great experience was Porter Creek Winery.  The tasting room is a small utilitarian building with one large window and one gruff gentleman.  Exhibit some genuine curiosity and you will be rewarded with lessons in winemaking, weather and politics.

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