Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Bom Vinho! (Good wine!)

I went to California for five days last week to see my sister-in-law Carol and her spouse Sonia. They have a vineyard and winery, and just added an AirBnB to the mix. So, my friend Michelle and I went out to see them. (We spent some time discussing what Michelle and my official relationship is. We are our kids' mothers-in-law, but instead of trying to come up with a geneological relationship, I call her friend, which is what she has become).

This is sunset at Bom Vinho!Vineyard, in the heart of El Dorado County, which is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The area has so much to offer, beyond the boutique vineyards that dot the region. Sonia and Carol are new to Fair Play, but not to wine making! Sonia is an award winning vintner. They moved here a few years ago to fulfill their dream of running their own winery.

This is the view from the front porch at Whistler Cottage. It sits on an acre of land in a quiet wooded area not far from Bom Vinho! Vineyards.

We shared the space with a doe and her twin fawns, some wild turkeys and a variety of birds.

And there was so much to do besides drink wine, although that would have been enough!  About an hour away is Lake Tahoe. Unfortunately the air was pretty hazy because of all the forest fires in the region, so we didn't get the spectacular mountain views that the lake is known for. However, it didn't stop us from kayaking!

Carol and Sonia, and Michelle took the lead.

I brought up the rear:)

That night we had dinner at one of the local restaurants. California is a foodie's paradise. Oh, my gosh, thank goodness there is so much to draw you outdoors, because otherwise I would be eating all day long.  The next day, Michelle and I went to nearby Sly Park, where there are plenty of walking trails and beaches at Jenkinson Lake. We hiked around the lake, and enjoyed it so much that the next day we went back with beach chairs and a cooler and spent the morning.

Lots and lots of plants to identify, which I'm terrible at, but Michelle has an app on her phone that helped us name a few.

 Between sightseeing, visiting area wineries, cooking dinner for Carol and Sonia at the cottage, the days flew by. Soon it was time to head home. A glitch in travel arrangements, which is a long story I won't go into, had us flying out of San Jose, which is about a three hour drive. We made the best of it by leaving early that day, allowing a few hours to visit the coast. It was so worth the drive! Again, we were hit with limited views due to the haze, but the shoreline is so spectacular.

And then it was time to head to the airport. It was really hard to leave! but I have so many good memories of days spent with these awesome women.


Susanne said...

Looks like a lovely getaway, Karen! I would love to try my hand at kayaking. Maybe this year is the year?

Dianna said...

I am so happy to know you are home and also that you had such a great time! The scenery was just gorgeous...thank you for sharing that with us. I have a cousin who lived a number of years in San Jose...and her daughter's family still does.