Saturday we drove over the mountains to Dry Creek Valley to visit some of the smaller wineries there. The valley is a real delight to visit and the smaller wineries reminded us of Napa Valley many years ago. We sampled various wines and enjoyed the warm sunshine and soft breezes of wine country.
Starting off a Stellar's Jay and an orange cat bade us goodbye. Driving a very winding road through the redwoods on the coast side and then through the hills on the valley side, we fortunately had an excellent driver! Bella and Quivera Wineries and then lunch in Healdsburg followed by a stop at the Nalle winery on our way out.
A great day!
A bit of fog in the morning
Barnwood, windows, grasses......
Photographing vineyards is an challenging task. Here's a couple of shots that I found interesting.
Bella's tasting room ready for visitors.
We walked a bit at Quivera winery - it is a biodynamic winery and very much involved in restoration efforts of the creeks that run through their property.
"The Professor" took us outside to educate us on various wine growing techniques - the hot weather has vines budding out already and this is a bit early.
Sometimes you get a view that you cannot pass up taking a photo of!
On the way out to Healdsburg we came across these very whimsical sculptures!
In the square at Healdsburg.
Willie, a three year old border collie, sits patiently waiting on new visitors to arrive at the Henderlong Nalle tasting room.