We make a brief stop in the pretty little town of Healdsburg (some day we’ll spend a LOT more time here) to buy items for a picnic lunch and other goodies and then we are back on the road again, now headed into the Dry Creek Valley.
We thought a day of touring and tasting in wine country was the perfect way to spend Easter, but apparently that thought is not universally shared and many of the wineries we’ve wanted to visit have been closed.
Fortunately the tasting room for the Dry Creek Family Wineries is open. There I meet Barry Collier of Collier Falls Vineyards and buy a bottle of his 2003 Zin. The tasting room at Kokomo is also open and – after a delicious picnic lunch overlooking the vineyards – I get to meet one of the winemakers responsible for the nice bright bottle of chardonnay that goes home with me.
Leaving wine aside for a bit, we head up to Lake Sonoma simply to take in the scenery before getting back on the wine trail, working our way through the Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill regions before heading back to Sebastopol for dinner.