(click here for more information about its history, collections and tours.)
surrounded by beauty...a few ghosts...
and dining to golden candlelight.
The menu was divine: steak, salad, chocolate,
and...more wine, much more...accompanied by opera, of course.
But the food paled in comparison to the setting and the atmosphere of the place.
I was particularly captivated by a mammoth 'floral' arrangement on a large table in the wine store.
It was truly resplendent.
Composed largely of oak leaves, nandina branches,
arching stems of bittersweet,
perhaps some fiery leaved crepe myrtle.
Airy, dramatic, flaxen, and ever so autumnal.
and showing off.
It is the inspiration for my Thanksgiving table. The colors, the organic quality, abundance all around of us.
Much, MUCH, to appreciate and be thankful for.
Soft, intimate candlelight. Gentle, warm buzz from the wine. The backdrop of happy conversation. The scents of wine and nature and flame. Immersed in so much beauty it almost hurt.
Honey and saffron and butterscotch and chestnut. Umber and amber.
Saturated in autumn.
(To visit the winery call 707.968.1100; 1991 St. Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA 94573)
If you are planning a tour, ask for Bob Cuozzo. He conducted our tour and was
far more informative than tour guides at other wineries in the area. Thanks, Bob!)