A Passage to Wine Country

I’m in wine detox.

We’ve recently returned from the Sonoma Valley in California, which was an absolute sensory delight.

Our favorite restaurant became the Harvest Moon Cafe — a true farm-to-table gem, where the menu changes daily.

My experiment with a rosé and Sauce Gribiche.

When we weren’t eating at the Harvest Moon, we grabbed a cocktail at the girl + the fig. This was the Fig Kiss, an inspired drink with St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, Cranberry juice, and the main event: Figcello di Sonoma. It’s only sold in two shops in Sonoma, so we bought a bottle that is currently making its way here courtesy of UPS Ground. Hello Summer.

Sonoma was filled with three things: wine, of course.

Less expected was the Wisteria, which seemed to drip off of everything that would stand still. We’re passed its season in DC so it was lovely to encounter it again, along with, in general, More Spring.

And otherwise some of the prettiest (and largest) roses I have ever seen.

Perhaps my favorite thing about wine country was the language of wine — how precise, poetic, and absurd it is. I went out there to learn about wine, and I did. So. More soon.

Finished reading Gore Vidal’s The City and the Pillar and Jane Gardam’s Old Filth

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11 Responses to A Passage to Wine Country

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  2. Jill Johnson says:

    What a lovely trip–just you, your man, and Old Filth– that Betty and her 2 strands of pearls… and of course wine and more wine. the girl + the fig takes me back! xxo-jj

    • randasfans says:

      Betty and her pearls! Wine and more wine! Me and my man! Much too much; an abundance of riches.

  3. Ehrika says:

    That Harvest Moon dinner alone made me jealous, never mind all of the amazing wine, fancy cocktails and beautiful flowers!

    • randasfans says:

      And Honey, you can put that wine in any cup you please; tastes just the same, and no one cares if your wig falls off!

  4. Ehrika says:

    It sounds ALMOST as nice as Girl Splash is going to be.

  5. Keri Cole says:

    Fiddle. Now nothing will do but some sancerre and pasta. And I had *just* decided to be abstemious this week.

  6. Kim says:

    I might could resist the wine, but the wisteria? Stop. It’s causing me to use double modals.

    • randasfans says:

      Hearty might coulds are always welcome here, and those vines definitely warrant. They were beautiful.

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