Napa Valley Shorts: Green over Red

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In a highly unusual move, I chose the green over the red and white during a spring visit to the California wine country. The verdant hills reminiscent of Ireland, framed by vivid blue skies made a convincing case to embrace the outdoors instead of hopping from winery to winery for wine tastings and long tours. We’d been to Napa and Sonoma on previous visits to California, and today’s itinerary proved that exploring an area is possible in just under five enjoyable hours.  Our time frame allowed for one wine tasting, and we chose a newer winery, Alpha Omega, over a place that was long-established.  Two cabs and a red blend later, an order placed for one of each for shipment home, and we were traveling the back roads enjoying the vast stretches of green countryside, quilted in vertical and horizontal stripes of  carefully staked grape vines. We stopped at the picturesque Brix Restaurant for lunch and enjoyed the day’s specials on an inviting patio overlooking gardens from where our vegetables grew, with the rolling green hills beyond. The wine country morning could have been a missed opportunity, and was a reminder that when traveling, to take advantage of the small windows of down time and make a memory or two.

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ELISA RULAND, SHORTS

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  1. …”to take advantage of the small windows of down time and make a memory or two.”… that’s wonderful! I have copied it for my little book of this and taht and gems. Glad you enjoyed your trip and made the most of it! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Dina xo

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  2. .Most of my ‘trips’ are of the day variety, or shorter, Elisa. It’s surprising what you can fit into a few hours and still achieve a sense of escape. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really like your Shorts format and the photo (your ‘E’ in lights?) is quite intriguing.

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    1. Thanks, Jo. I think I’ve finally figured out a focus for my blog, and “Shorts” is perfect my limited attention span! And actually, I think that is a “P” and not quite sure why I selected it, but by George it could be an E! Love that you saw that! (maybe I should crop it a bit more) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. “to take advantage of the small windows of down time and make a memory or two” – yes, that’s a wonderful piece of advice and a skill I would like to get better at. Thanks for showing us how it is possible.

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  4. Beautiful photos Elisa, I would have chosen the same trip. Napa Valley is a beautiful area, years ago I had a customer in Orange County so I always made time to travel to Napa Valley. There is a train that goes thru that area that is a lot of fun too, stops are all the wineries! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love all your pictures!

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    1. I saw the train glide along the highway that dayand thought it would be a wonderful way to experience Napa. Wine tasting and not having to drive is a definite plus, too! Thanks so much for stopping by, Michael!

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  5. It is easy to get caught up with city life, but your account of your short visit to the wine country is just what I needed to be reminded of how much I miss country-life. Beautiful photographs, Elisa.

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    1. A stay in the wine country reminds me of a visit to a ski resort. Both have beautiful surroundings, and everyone’s happy because they really want to be there! I hope you get the opportunity to return soon, Sylvia.

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  6. What a beautiful and well-written post Elisa and you’ve captured the beauty there so well! Thanks for sharing hon. ๐Ÿ˜€ โ™ฅ Hugs โ™ฅ

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  7. I’ve never been, but it’s on my list. I grew up in Southern California and we didn’t spend much time in the northern part. Such a shame.

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  8. Such beautiful photography, Elisa! Are you using a new lens or a new editing program? The colors are so vivid and the images so very clean and well-defined. Of course, the composition wins the day, too. I love these. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, George! I was using the fixed wide angle lens that I was telling you aboutโ€ฆthe one that had me feeling “lens challenged.” Had to crop a few of ’em. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. NorCal is a nice place to visit. When the girls and I were in Sonoma last year, didn’t have a chance to sightsee much. The off-day was for walking and grooming the horses.

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    1. This area of the country has unlimited beauty, it’s difficult to see everything it has to offer. Maybe you can work the wine country into your itinerary next time you visit Northern California. Thanks for stopping by, Sartenada!

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  10. Lovely pictures. I wish I could find the pictures from the Williamsburg Winery, they have some great vistas too. I actually love touring wineries, and not just for the wine. ๐Ÿ˜€

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