Many days have passed since my last private post--weeks even. The activity that consumed my life for the first of those weeks is chronicled here and here. Now for the activity of the last week...
My spouse and I joined friends in Los Angeles and wandered up to the Paso Robles area following the trail of Sideways. As was required, we drank a lot. We arrived on Thursday and spent the afternoon sampling wines brought from the Kentucky contingent's vineyard and eating big slabs of grilled red meat. Yum.
The next day we hit five wineries, and the following day six. Even though we live in The South where God forbid you should get wine in the mail, I went ahead and joined five wineries' wine clubs and got on the waiting list for a sixth. All the wine has to be shipped to my in-laws who live in a sensible state (Illinois) and I will have to pick it up twice a year when I am up there visiting and for shows.
Our last tourist hurrah was Hearst Castle, one of the estate homes of William Randolph Hearst. It was most impressive to me for the fact that everything, all the engineering and architectural design--even down to purchasing the Icelandic moss to feed the property's reindeer, was done by a woman, Julia Morgan (1872-1957). I was so awed by her work that I am tempted to purchase her biography on Amazon... and I am not usually a biography woman!
I leave you with a few labels (and one photo for the winery with no label on the web) mapping out our debauchery.