Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Fun Fall Day - California Wine Country Style

For my birthday our friends, Doug and Wave, treated us to a day in the gorgeous California wine country. The day was perfect for our destination to Healdsburg, California where a wonderful winery atop a hill awaited our arrival.

The wine country was in its fall splendor with the vines changing their colors from green to amber, burgundy and gold. The sunlight bounced off the hills, showcasing the jewel toned colors along each turn of the road.

A must stop for a quick sammy and picnic accoutrements is at the Dry Creek General Store which is owned and operated by our hometown girl, Gina Gallo, granddaughter to the famous Ernest and Julio Gallo. Gina and her brother also own and operate Gallo of Sonoma.

An assortment of packaged cheeses...

...and of course plenty of wine....

..and pretty decorations...

...make this little general store warm and cozy and a perfect spot to relax on the porch and savor a special treat and soak up some fall sunshine.Healdsburg, California is a charming town and just one of many in the world famous California wine Country. We stretched our legs a bit and did a little window shopping.

Lovely old buildings line the streets....

...and even a friendly canine, or two, linger while their master shops.

Art galleries are tucked in here and there with amazing paintings and photographs that I could have spent hours gazing at.

Isn't this a fabulous chair?

Powell's Candy Store offer you a sweet nibble...

...or a little gumball to tire your jaw with.

Christmas decorations and holiday splendor about,

...though you would not know it isn't still summer with these geraniums still showing off their marvelous red blooms.

These fabulous boots caught my eye... did this smart pair of trouser shoes.

Rolling hills painted with their glorious fall colors....

..are home to many small wineries, as well as some of the larger ones.

I wonder where this road takes you?

Well, we won't go there as it is marked private property, however we will head on to our actual destination for this fun day.
Duhgall and Maude ask Doug if we are almost there! Doug tells them to hold on as he drives up the hillside along a twisty little dirt road to...

Pezzi King Vineyards. Ta da! We are here! Are you asking why we would take our dogs? is because Pezzi King winery is the home of Riley and Monty, two Wheaten Scottish Terriers. Duhgall and Maude are so excited to meet the infamous Riley!!!

Here Riley is meeting Duhgall, my little lad.

But I do believe that Riley fancies Miss Maudie McPhee, Wave and Doug's lass. Monty did not come out to visit as he was not feeling so swell after having had some dental work done.
Now this is why Mr. Riley is so famous...He has a Zinfandel wine named after him.

Riley's Red is a FABULOUS Zin. The label reads:

"Living The life of Riley, Riley Rowe would say for a blonde Scottie dog from Houston, living in Dry Creek Valley at Pezzi King vineyards is pure heaven. Riley spends his days chasing feral cats and wild turkeys and attending more parties than he can remember. Even his dog tag crowns him the "Party Animal". Riley knows his wines and he's heard Wind Club Members purr, "Oooh, aaah, delicious! Such round and ripe flavors of mocha, black cherry and carmel." This wine is no Dawg! Any self respecting Scottie would put his name on it....drink now before Riley gets his paws on it."

Riley, the Patriarch.

Below is Cynthia Rowe (owner of Pezzi King), with Riley and her lab, Evie.

Cynthia's husband, Jim could not make it down for the tasting, but we would like to tell him that we loved the wines!

Riley is also featured in The Wine Dog book, a book that showcases dogs who live at wineries. What a life, huh?

Pezzi King winery is located at the top of a hill in the Dry Creek Valley of Healdsburg, CA. For more information you can click here to take you to the Pezzi King website.

Their wine is made the building down below their home.

This is the view of the Dry Creek Valley from the deck where the wine tasting is held.

Guests can linger and take in the views, sip wine and snack on cheeses and chocolate covered pretzels and almonds.
Jim and Cynthia's lovely home.

Doogs is taking in the view from atop a rock wall....
...while we enjoy a toasty fire on the patio and sample delicious Cabs and Zins!

Fall colors are prevalant around the winery.

'Tis time to bid farewell to our new friends. To Cynthia and Jim, and of course Monty, Evie and Riley, thank you for a beautiful afternoon at your winery. It is truely a day to remember. Ta-ta, Riley!But before we bid you adieu....

Maude says, "Doogs....." as she tries to get his attention...

...."Becky", says Maude, "Doogie isn't listening, he is spacing out and I know it isn't 'cause he snuck in a few sips of wine either...."

....."finally," says a relieved Maude, "let's tell our friends..."

..."have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!"

From our house to yours, we wish all of you a day filled with love, laughter and full bellies!



Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Beautiful! Have a great Thanksgiving.

Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Birthday Becky:>) The landscape at the winery was just beautiful. The picture of Doogs on the stone wall was just adorable. It looks like you had a really beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving Becky to you and your family! Jackson said to tell Dughall "Happy Thanksgiving and to not to eat too much turkey".
What a fun post, you had a fun time didn't you??


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

LOL! Ok, I enjoyed your whole post but that Doogs just was cracking me up. And I love the plaid jacket. TOO FUNNY!

Winston would come over to say hello but he is still in bed. He needs extra beauty sleep due to his advanced age. But he would totally love that coat. He has a brown raincoat with scottish plaid on the inside. So handsome.

Thanksgiving blessings,

Sue said...

I felt like I was touring Tuscany. The pictures were beautiful and my favorite pictures were the last few of those beautiful dogs of yours.....Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family....Sue

Skoots1moM said...

what a great day!
loved it...thanks for sharing...

Jean said...

Happy birthday Becky, What a great birthday trip. I just love all the doggie photos. They are so cute,Tell Doogs he was the cutest!
Happy and a blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Jean in Virginia

Robin said...

Oh Becky! Happy Birthday! What a SWEET DAY! Of course anything to do with dogs is right up my alley! Riley is sooo soooo sweet, but the last pictures take the cake! Perfect captions! Such sweet little dogs! Happy Thanksgiving!

Patina said...

Happy Birthday Becky! It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Hope you have a relaxing Thanksgiving!

Tracey said...

What a lovely Birthday you had! Happy Birthday! The Wine Dog book looks cute!
Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

Sometimes It's Good said...

What beautiful pictures. You reminded me of what a gorgeous state we live in. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ragged Roses said...

sounds like the most perfect day! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

Heidi said...

Happy birthday Becky! Looks like you had a great day out and Mr. Doogs too! Wishing you and your family a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving Day!

Hugs en kitty kisses ~
Heidi and Dagi

P.S. ~ Hey Socks, wanna go steady? Paws!

SweetAnnee said...

Well it sure looks FUN!!!
I bet Doogs loved it
silly doggy, drinking wine.
What fun.. I'd love to take a nice day
like that..
smiles and hugs

Simply Shelley said...

Hi Becky,just stopping by to say...hope your Thanksgiving day was wonderful....


Miss Jean said...

Wow! What great pictures. The wine country is truly a beautiful place to visit. I bet you all caused quite a stir with the dogs. I think that second picture of the puppies on the wall would make a great Christmas card.

I need to get myself a bottle of that wine just for the lable. I wonder if they sell just the lable? Hmmmmmm...

I'm glad you had a wonderful birthday. You deserve it.

Dena said...

Hi Sweet Becky,

I hope that you had a lovely Thanksgiving and a Happy Birthday too :) Looks like a fabulous way to spend the day.


Suzie Button said...

How wonderful! Your dogs are so adorable! Suzie

Maria Catalina Wiley said...

Happy belated birthday Becky! Looks like you had a lovely day in the country. Thank you for sharing :D

kari and kijsa said...

That is one fabulous fall day!! Incredible!! Hope you had the most blessed Thanksgiving!! thank you so much for your sweet words!

kari & kijsa

Betty said...

What a beautiful trip! Now, you have me wanting to go up to Napa. Have you ever done the wine train trip? I'm writing down that winery in my places to go book. Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Denise said...

Now that is my kind of day! Beautiful pictures and what a day you had...............

Have a blessed Sunday and a wonderful week to follow!

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Anonymous said...

What a fabulous post. I love the photos!

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky.....hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!! You have been tagged, stop by when you get a chance.


Cynthia's Cottage Design said...

what a fabulous day! I love the Vineyards and what beautiful shopping too! and the puppies look so adorable !!

Happy Holidays!
Hugs, Cynthia

Sinta Renee said...

What a great trip you took. I loved all the photos. Happy belated birthday to you! My anniversary was the 26th. It's fun and extra festive when it lands right along with the holiday.

Anonymous said...

Oh I am SOOOO glad it was a special one with this fab getaway day... how fun was that?? Wine, hubby, friends, doggies... perfect!! Your "babies" are so darn cute!!!
I loved each photo - you live in the most beautiful part of our country - thank you for letting me visit with you. Now ONE day I will do so in person!!!
Love you much!!!