The intersection of viticulture and climate change
Fall flames at the Waterfront Park in downtown Kelowna.
This view is so money it was once on the Canadian $100 bill. It can be found from the terrace of La Franz Winery, which has won best small winery two years running at the Riverside, CA international competition.
La Franz Winery, on the Naramata Bench just north of Penticton, B.C. should be one of your stops. Drop dead views and amazing wines.
Sculpture at Waterfront Park, Kelowna, BC
If this view isn’t enough to make you want to have coffee here, you’re in luck.
The Bliss Bakery deserves every bit of that name. They make all of their own products, which are innovative and completely delicious. The “boobalicious tart” that I ate (meringue topped lemon tart with shortbread) almost made me cry it was so good.
Poplar Grove Cheesery in the Naramata Bench offers both house made cheese tasting and wine tastings daily in a lakeside vineyard setting.
Ana Keller was so kind to let me take a peek at one of her father’s car collectibles, but I was probably more impressed by these doors, which her sister designed.
Central Market in downtown Petaluma is well worth its spendy “new American” prices. It’s beautiful inside, the food is interesting as well as tasty and the service was quirky attentive — my favorite.
An asian sweet and sour eggplant topped with a salmon crudo was my favorite among several dishes I loved at Central Market in Petaluma.
A demonstration barrel at the Grgich Hills winery with a transparent panel to show the “lees” of fermenting barrels, which are redistributed when they are turned.
Racecar sculpture outside the Keller Estate tasting room, a nod to patriarch Arturo Keller’s love of racecars.
An amazing tasting of (almost all) Petaluma Gap wines curated by Keller Estate GM Ana Keller.
Navarro had one of the most charming picnic spots I saw on my trip just outside their tasting room. I saw half a dozen hummingbirds here, playing in the gardens.
Lemon’s Philo Market is a fantastic place to pick up a picnic if you’re visiting the wineries in Anderson Valley. They make amazing sandwiches, have artisan breads, cold drinks, cheese, fruit, chocolates, locally grown nuts, cold beer and local wines. Friendly too!
The inside of Ernie’s, where all walks gather. This would be my post-work spot if I lived nearby.
Fog and wind are two defining characteristics that Petaluma Gap wineries are using to advocate for a more specific AVA than the Sonoma Coast designation, which encompasses a large and diverse collection of vineyards.
I was early for an appointment at the Keller Estate just outside Petaluma and decided to drop into Ernie’s, a tin-shack, peanut shells on the floor sort of joint with an admirable selection of local microbrews on tap.
The charming back porch of Frog’s Leap Cellars, a sustainable winery studded with gardens that offers tasting tours throughout the day.
The view from the Stanley Bridge, a drawbridge that opened to allow this paddlewheel steamer to pass under, spilling stopped motorists out of their cars.
Take a break from wine tasting at Red Hills Market in Dundee. Their daily wood fired pizza special was merguez, corn, blistered shishito peppers, buffalo mozzerella and arugula the day I visited.
Multnoma Falls is one in a series of spectacular and glittering water falls, studded with parking lots and lined with walking trails about half an hour east of Portland. On a warm sunny day, you’ll have plenty of company.
The Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area is a not-to-miss hour 20-minute drive from Portland. To give you an idea of the grandeur of the view, those tiny flecks in the water are kitesurfers.
Portlandia was not lying about the fact you need patience to get into its best restaurants, like Screen Door, where I waited an hour to brunch, but joined forces with another singleton in line. My fried oyster benedict was otherworldly; her fried chicken and sweet potato waffle was easily two more meals than what she ate.