I’m a freelance travel, adventure, wine and food lifestyle writer focusing, generally, on our experiences in Northern California, the California Central Coast, the Sierra Foothills but regularly venturing to other wonderful parts of California and Europe.
My photographer is my wife who loves nothing more than getting out there and experiencing the world, no matter if it’s a destination close to home, a road trip, or a journey to a romantic international destinations.
One major exception to our California focus is our near annual treks (the past nine years) to the Italian countryside including Sicily, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Liguria, Puglia, Lombardi, Piemonte, the Aosta Valley and the Veneto. We have recently extended our range to Alsace, Provence, Burgundy, Bavaria and Geneva. Next we will venture to Slovenia and Croatia and perhaps back to Provence and Northern Italy. We love these slow food and wine adventures and hope our subscribers will, as well.
As native easterners, we initially missed the four seasons we had enjoyed in our growing up years. It wasn’t too long after arriving in California that we discovered that there are highly recognizable seasonal changes occurring around us. You just have to pay attention and enjoy the subtle and some not so subtle changes. In wine country, those changes can be very dramatic. From the stark and apparently barren vines in winter, to the glorious explosion of foliage in the spring to the wonderful sights of berry clusters that magically appear in the summer and then the dramatic colors of autumn that can rival any leaf peeking ready hillside in Vermont or Pennsylvania. And it is not just the vines that signal the seasons but also the activity that is occurring in the vineyards and the crush facilities. I will do my best to provide my sensory experiences in word pictures as we enjoy living our wine country dream.
Join us as we explore new adventures and terroir and discover, perhaps well-known, but more likely special, small, and not so well-known venues, wineries, kitchens and adventures.
Here are my disclaimers: This is a personal blog. My opinions are my own, and do not represent the opinions of anyone else. I may use affiliate links. I do not endorse any products for a fee. If I attend any sponsored functions I’ll state that I was a guest of the sponsor. I appreciate comments from others, but cannot be responsible for their content. Please contact me immediately with a request to remove any incorrect information by commenting on the specific blog in question.
Most of all, we hope you enjoy our experiences and that they will encourage you to get out of your routine and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the Seasons of Sonoma.