Wine Geek USA postcard #2

Hi Winos!

It’s with a heavy heart I write the final postcard from California, as we ait for our departure gate to be called at LAX. It has been an incredible couple of weeks; we’ve been to some astonishing places, met some fabulous people, eaten some incredible food and drunk some of the best wine on the planet.

Eat crab

It’s these positive experiences I want to focus on… especially the wines of Napa and Sonoma. I knew they were good before we got here… I just didn’t realise how good! Less than a half hour drive from one another, yet worlds apart in everything but quality. If you do get the chance, come on out here and taste; you will not be disappointed!

Oh go on then!

Oh go on then!

We also have 2 new rules:

Rule #1 – be more Californian – just say something nice to someone everyday!

Rule #2 – drink more Californian – and here are a few reasons why…


New posts

First off, the munificent Cabernets of Napa… and a few great Chardonnays and a couple of other varieties too:

The tasting room at Cakebread

The tasting room at Cakebread

Secondly, the daring and exciting wines of Sonoma… I’ve rarely had more fun with a glass in my hand!

Welcome to Red Car

Welcome to Red Car


Californian Chardonnay was a huge success; now you’ve read about the Cabernets of Napa, why not give one a go this week??

Dogs at the game

Light relief

We arrived in San Francisco on Monday to learn about the death of Robin Williams in the same city. A true maverick and comedy genius, here are some quotes to remember him by:

“When you have a great audience, you can just keep going and finding new things.”

“Do you think God gets stoned? I think so … look at the platypus.”

“See, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time.”

“A woman would never make a nuclear bomb. They would never make a weapon that kills. They’d make a weapon that makes you feel bad for a while.”

“Everyone has these two visions when they hold their child for the first time. The first is your child as an adult saying ‘I want to thank the Nobel Committee for this award.’ The other is ‘You want fries with that?'”

“You could talk about same-sex marriage, but people who have been married say ‘It’s the same sex all the time.'”

“When in doubt, go for the dick joke.”

“Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, ‘Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding’.”

On his mentor, Jonathan Winters: “Jonathan taught me that the world is open for play, that everything and everybody is mockable, in a wonderful way.”

“Never fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.”

“I love kids, but they are a tough audience.”

“Comedy is acting out optimism.”


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Posted on August 15, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I loved sharing your journey with you. in particular your observations about Sonoma. Love the region – the variety, the laid back-ness, the true farming nature of the place and, oh yeah, the wine!

  2. Were we really that nice? Maybe I’m so entrenched, without contrast, I don’t notice. I know we can be startlingly friendly, at least that’s what my friends from NYC say. Safe travels, glad you had a fantastic trip – come back soon! Cheers.

  3. I must tell you how much I have thoroughly enjoyed your visit to CA. Your enthusiasm has leaped off the screen. It has been a pleasure and a joy to experience CA wine country through you and your wife’s eyes. Thank you for not only sharing your journey but relaying it with such excitement! Also, thank you for the Robin Williams quotes. He was such a delightful human being; his words make me laugh and now cry simultaneously. Come back to the colony anytime. 😉 Cheers!

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