Saturday, April 10, 2010

Saturday Morning Insomnia

I am sitting here in the hotel room at the end of a great trip with
insomnia. It is like 3am and there is packing to do later and then the
journey to home.

It is hard to believe the week is over.

It was a great week. We visited some 15 wineries as well as seeing
some great sights.

We met a lot of really cool people along the way and I'm sure we had
such a great time because of the really nice people we met. That and
it is off season meaning cooler temperatures and fewer tourists like

I have a lot more to write about the trip and the things we did. But
in one area I feel we really were successful and it was a highlight.

As corny as it sounds, we really wanted to discover a winery that not
everyone knows about or has heard of.

Yesterday in what was the culmination of something which really began
with our first dinner on Monday evening, we met with the winemaker and
his wife and really cute 3 month old jack russel terrier of Parador
Vineyards. We sampled six wines at their home and this was in adition
to the two wines we had enjoyed during the week.

They are all fabulous. He is a small wine maker and makes a very
special and unique Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempernillo blend.

We talked about grapes and wine and wine making for the better part of
almost two hours.

Talking with them really helped put into perspective the differences
between the big production wineries and the small literally two person

To say it was great is an understatement. But more later. I'm
thinking I can finally roll over and get some much needed sleep.

Travel days are always hard on me.

See you soon

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