Sonoma Wineries, Friday, May 12, 2017

We got off to a late start, since the wineries don’t open until at least 10:30. We had some coupons from the ladies at the front desk, but the first winery had a full parking lot, so we kept going. The second, Dry Creek Winery, not only had lots of parking spaces, it had several stained glass bonuses.

Entrance to Dry Creek Winery, with stained glass sailboat

Entrance to Dry Creek Winery, with stained glass sailboat

Close-up of saiiboat, stained glass window at Dry Creek Winery

Close-up of stained glass window with sailboat at Dry Creek Winery. The owner’s other love, the kind employee who helped us explained, is sailing.

Stained glass window at Dry Creek Winery, Healdsburg

Stained glass window with grapes at Dry Creek Winery, Healdsburg

Stained glass window at Dry Creek Winery

Stained glass window of wine bottles at Dry Creek Winery

After tasting a couple of wines, scrutinizing the gifts and buying a few things (not wine), we set off to get lost finding Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which we’d been told was very special.

Yes. An experience. You can swim there, eat, drink, buy a lot of souvenirs and even sample wines. You’ll find lots of memorabilia from Coppola’s films plus food items and much, much more.

Coppola Winery, Geyserville, CA

Front entrance of the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, CA

Building by the swimming pool at Francis Ford Coppola's winery

Building by the swimming pool at Francis Ford Coppola’s winery

It was chilly and windy, so we had our lunch inside. Jacqueline had a side order of spinach, cooked with garlic. I had the fried zucchini, so she could try that, too. The pieces were cut thin, like French fries, and battered in something well seasoned. They were quite good, even without my usual ranch dressing (none served there, according to the waiter. Coppola doesn’t allow it.)

Outdoor patio at the restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola's winery

Outdoor patio at the restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola’s winery, Geyserville, CA

Looking out over the grape vines from the patio of Francis Ford Coppola's winery

Looking out over the grape vines from the patio of Francis Ford Coppola’s winery

Then it was onward, Route 128 and Route 1, scenic (that is, narrow and winding) to Mendocino, which I’d heard was a picturesque little town. At the outskirts we found a beach where we could dip our toes into the Pacific. We wandered around the town, were ignored at a few galleries, and went on to Fort Bragg, which was not at all what I thought it was.

The Pacific Ocean at Mendocino, CA

The Pacific Ocean at Mendocino, CA

As we went off to dinner, it began to rain. We had a nice dinner, with view of the ocean and excellent service, at the Point Noyo Restaurant.

I was trying to stay relaxed, but we’re headed to Vancouver, B.C., and we’re running behind a little. So much to see, so little time…

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