Monday, August 18, 2008

Our trip to Sonoma

Captain's Log, Stardate 08.18.2008

A few weekends ago, Captain Caffeine's parents and my parents flew into San Jose. We took them to Sonoma to two of our favorite wineries.

Update: I set my romantic suspense, Deadly Intent, in Sonoma and based the architecture of the Joy Luck Life day spa on the Kendall Jackson winery building below!

Our first stop was the Kendall Jackson winery. They have the most gorgeous gardens!

Here's my father in law making friends with a statue.

More gardens
A closer view of the building

Inside the tasting room

Some wine grapes

Next stop was Rodney Strong winery. They have a Reserve Zinfandel that I absolutely adore.

Dad and I drink, but my mom and my in laws do not. However, everyone enjoyed the day. Both wineries have non-wine things to buy like sauces, oils, and vinegars, so my mom and mother in law bought some interesting things. My in laws also enjoyed walking around the wineries and gardens.

And Captain Caffeine? Poor guy deserves a medal because he was the designated driver.


  1. Boy, with all your traveling, I'm living vicariously through your pictures! It's nice that you share this with your readers. So many authors feel so distant. Thanks for this. Have a great day!

  2. Very beautiful grounds. I'd go just for that.

  3. That looks more fun than the alpacas. Can we do that?