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October 11, 2011 / erostositko

California Wine Country

Cousins Jenn, Karen, and me at Half Moon Bay

Back in August, my cousin Jenn, Matt, and I headed to Northern California to visit family and friends. Here are some of the culinary and photographic highlights of our trip:


Refuge – Belgian beer and pastrami in San Carlos.

Schramsberg – a sparkling winery in Calistoga.

Chateau Montelena – famous for putting California chardonnay on the map, also in Calistoga.

Millions of sparkling wine bottles at Schramsberg

Lava Vine – a laid back, boutique winery, again in Calistoga.

SolBar – at the Solage Resort, Calistoga.

Waterbar – a seafood restaurant in San Francisco.

Crepevine – wonderful breakfast and lunch crepes in Palo Alto.

Russian River Brewing Company – a microbrewery in Santa Rosa, their brews are worshiped by beer heads.

Bear Republic– another great microbrewery in Healdsburg.

Mike and Matt tasting some white at Lava Vine

Oakville Grocery – gourmet foods and sandwiches, with locations throughout Napa Valley.

Thanks to our hosts Karen and Jim Baka, and Maureen and Mike Livingston for their hospitality.


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