I was blown away, literally and figuratively.
Joined by a multitude of people supporting the Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County, I saw a wine glass with wine in it moving across a table downwind. This was a major gale, but it saved the day in the midst of a heat wave that had temperatures soaring to 100 in Sonoma. Wind chill factor, thank you, but it was the rest of the show that blew me away.
Hosted by Richards Grove and Saralees Vineyards and Sonoma Odyssey, this event was supported by thirty-one wineries and numerous auction supporters. Be there next year or be square.
This is a really good cause and resource for our community, (and the world). Bo Simons has been working hard to keep all of us informed at the Healdsburg Sonoma County Wine Library for years. Visit them at 139 Piper Lane in Healdsburg at the corner of Center St. 707-433-3772 ext. 5, or virtually at www.sonoma.lib.ca.us/wine.html
You knew it was a major party when you arrived thirty minutes early and were directed to parking between the rows of vines 200 yards or more from Richards Grove. Even from there you could hear the moving music of the Gator Beat Band. Cajun? You bet, with the rubboard, accordion, sax, keyboard and vocalists, it was authentic foot stomping music throughout the event. Gater Beat's Flyer gave me an appreciation for their popularity with upcoming events as far-flung as Montana, Las Vegas, Oregon and all over the State of California.
And Oh, the wines! Im sorry, but Im a red wine lover, so
And remember, I had to drive home too. Thirty-one wineries; wow, I need to spit a lot and Ive got only three hours?
Well, I tried my best. Hop Kiln Winery had two wines that were produced across the street from each other. Talk about terrioir making a difference! The 99 Privitivo made the reason the chicken crossed the road clear to me. Then there was Partridge Ridges 99 Merlot, Yumm. Hanna was pouring a great Pinot that had me dreaming about some of my best red spaghetti sauces. Joseph Swan had a 99 Zin that was just delicious right now. And, Ok, I dabbled with the Topolos at Russian River Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc to start off with because my co-writer Kath Thomas says Ive got two streets or more to travel in wine tasting. Im glad she and they are around. Hey, all the wines were great and their wineries support of this event speaks to their commitment to our community. Thanks to them from all of us.
I came back to Lake Sonoma Winery for their Old Vine 1999 Zinfandel to have with the sumptuous BBQ prepared by Big Boys Bar-B-Que, firstname.lastname@example.org Now, Ive been to a lot of large BBQs in my 57 years, and for a crowd of over 300, these guys had it down to a T. Beans and rice, sausages to die for, chicken breasts done just right, and salad, bread and more made this a Cajun feast indeed!
The auction was awesome, demonstrating the strong community support this event and the Library have earned in their special contributions to the wineries and the County of Sonoma.
The music played on and the people danced. It was simply wonderful. It was good for the heart, the taste buds and the soul.
The wind blew and nobody cared.
I look forward to your comments, suggestions and ideas.
Drop me an e-mail or call 707-566-8034.
Wine Library Associates Of Sonoma County Present 10th Annual Sonoma Odyssey: "Swingtime In The Vineyard"
Thirty premium wineries will uncork their best on Saturday June 21 at the tenth annual Sonoma Odyssey, a gala celebration of music, wine and food held under the redwood trees at Richard's Grove & Saralee's Vineyard in the heart of Sonoma County's Russian River Valley.
With the theme "Swingtime in the Vineyard," a swing band will provide the toe tapping (with lessons for those who want to sharpen their steps) followed by a Sonoma-style barbecue dinner. A silent and live auction of Sonoma County wines and unusual wine related items and activities completes the fun. Gates to the grove open at 3 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Wine Library, a special collection and service of the Sonoma County Library. Funded in part by the local wine industry, the library provides business, technical, historical and consumer information on wine. Located in the Healdsburg Regional Library, the library's collections comprise more than 5,000 books and subscriptions to some 80 periodicals as well as maps, photographs, labels, clippings and an extensive current and historic wine information file.
Reservations for "Swingtime in the Vineyard" can be made by calling 707 837 2816, or by mail to Wine Library Associates of Sonoma County (with check made out to WLASC), P. O. Box 43, Healdsburg, CA 95448, or by stopping by the Healdsburg Regional Library at Piper and Center Streets in Healdsburg. Cost is $40 for Wine Library Associates members, $50 for non members.
Additional information about the Wine Library and "Swingtime in the Vineyard" can be found on the Sonoma County Wine Library's website.