25 days in and nobody seems worse for wear yet. We are still loving it. The Petaluma KOA is a very organized campground and very popular on the weekends with families. The staff has several self-guided wine tour leaflets published for the adventurous wine seeker. We decided to undertake the Valley of the Moon tour. According to Jack London, the Native American word Sonoma means Valley of the Moon. He used it for his book of the same name. So we go to the Sonoma Valley. There are 254 wineries in the valley and 65,000 acres under vine. It could be a long day...
And we found this. It is Ledson Winery & Vineyards. You might well think that possibly vampires live here or that this place has been around forever. It was actually built about 15 years ago. But it looked ostentatious enough to make us want to go have a look.
Once inside we were greeted by a hostess (these people are all so cute!) who asked if we wanted to do a tasting. Of course! She took us to one of the three tasting rooms where we stood at a pretty wooden bar and met our "pourer".
The way the tastings work here is that you get to choose how many wines you want to taste and then the pourer will help you narrow those down from the list of tasting wines depending upon what kinds of wine interest you. We wanted to try some white, some red and some sweet and we opted for one 6 wine tasting for $15. Some years ago, these tastings were all free. I've noticed over the span of our visits here that the price has been going up pretty quickly. I suppose it is a good way to bring in some more income. We were told that Ledson only sells their wine at the winery. That is probably why we had never heard of it before today.
I am glad that we didn't do the tasting with this fellow. He was dealing with a couple of "serious" wine lovers from Missouri and they were using all the wine terms (probably correctly). He seemed to be doing the smooth sell and I just felt a lot more comfortable with Guy who was probably only hoping that these dorks would buy at least one bottle.
Brett is not what we would call the marathon drinker in the family but he was the driver. That is another reason that we wanted to limit the tastings. Here he is enjoying a nice Chardonnay that was priced at $36 a bottle. And he is smiling! Note the breadstick in his hand. The man cannot resist a snack.
After lunch we gave the GPS his head and let him lead us back to Petaluma. This involved driving through downtown Sonoma on a Saturday afternoon when the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival was happening. Sonoma looks to be full of a mix of interesting older buildings and more modern ones. The streets are narrow and at least on the weekend they are full of cars and people. Even if we had wanted to spend some time walking around there was nary a parking place to be had. That's okay.
Afternoon at the KOA featured a nice nap and then a walk.
It is great to have a friend who likes to garden and who grows much more than she can eat. These tomatoes are just a portion of the bounty that she sent us home with yesterday.
They are lovely to look at and even better to eat.
We are going to stay another night in Petaluma though this will involve moving to another campsite in the morning. Then on Monday we are moving to a spot east of Roseville so that we can visit with my sister Louise for a few days. Tomorrow will involve errands and a look around historic Petaluma.
The adventure continues!