For Jer's 40th birthday we went to California. We flew into San Francisco and enjoyed some mussels and drinks over looking the bay. We were very fortunate to have our good friends and family (Dave, Denise, Gary, and Deb) help celebrate the time.
Golden Gate Bridge
It was SO BEAUTIFUL there!
On our first and third days we visited Sonoma and on our second we visited Napa. Our first stop was Ferrari Carano Winery. The Italian gardens were fantastic.
Jer wanted a limo for his birthday. It was fun to have everyone ride together and goof off, but getting in and out was some what difficult.
I met a friend at Tally Winery. They had friendly animals at every winery.
The view during our picnic.
There was a cave at Bella Winery. (Yes, we went there for the name.)
Dave enjoys a cuddle with another friend.
Toward the end of the first day, I was getting wined out and retreated to enjoy the countryside. When I went to go get our group and remind them that our limo was almost out of time, a really neat thing happened. I was able to meet the wine maker himself of Mazzocco Wines. (Thanks Dave!) He used a Wine Thief to let us try all of his barrels- awesomeness!
The next day Dan and Darcy joined our group. It was rainy out, but that didn't stop the view from being beautiful.
Our first stop was Robert Mondavi Winery where we got a lesson on wine from one of Jer's fellow Knights of Columbus friends named Bob. We learned that they plant roses next to grapes, because they will start to show mildew before the grapes.
We traveled to Darioush Winery. It was done in a modern Persian style- very fancy.
The guys had fun goofing off at Hall Winery. (Darcy works with Mr. Hall.)
The date night couples at an Italian restaurant.
Another of our friends at Merry Edwards Winery. It was here that I learned I actually do like Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Matanza Creek Vineyards
The castle at Ledson Winery
We went to the early morning mass at Santa Barbara Church. The solo lady who sang the songs was amazing.
It was a great trip! And I made many fun memories with a great group of friends. I know Jeremy had a great 40th!