A “Scent”-sory Story

Alex and I spent the first week of December in Napa Valley.  Whenever I teach in Northern California, we try to make a weekend out of it.  We just happen to hit “the valley” at the perfect time.  There was a chill in the air, and no tourists in sight (except us, I suppose).  We got a beautiful room at Southbridge in St. Helena on the main road, complete with a fireplace, 135 degrees of windows, overlooking our favorite Continue reading

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Wine Country Weekend

About 1 ½ hours away from us is Temecula, Southern California’s wine growing region. We have been attempting to get together a tasting trip for over six months now, so when the opportunity arose, we jumped on it and took a day trip out there. It was a great time to relax, catch up, and enjoy simple food and good wine. We took a picnic, grabbed a bottle of wine (or more) at the winery, and set up quite the spread. Wineries supply the glasses with the wine!

Now, you don’t have to bring a table cloth and serving ware, but I find it completes the experience. Here’s everything you need for a perfect Wine Country Day Trip.

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Picnic Checklist

Supplies:

  • Bottled WaterIMG_1859
  • Table cloth
  • Cocktail napkins
  • Small plastic cocktail plates
  • Small sharp knife
  • Cheese spreader
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Wood cutting board
  • Large platter (not breakable)
  • Plastic bag for trash
  • Towel for cleaning & wiping
  • Ice chest
  • Ice

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  • Cheeses
  • Crackers/Pita Chips
  • Toast
  • Pesto
  • Honey
  • Nuts
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Seasonal Fruit (grapes, apples, peaches, etc.)
  • Sliced meats