Back from California

I returned home from my all-too-brief California trip on Friday. Mercifully, the effects of jet-lag have been minimal this trip. I slept through every night while I was there, and have slept through since my return. I’ve not needed to go to bed early, either. My only conclusion is that tiredness + a reasonable dose of alcohol is the answer. If your background level of tiredness is sufficient, then sleep won’t be a problem!

The light in California was spectacular. Driving back over the Golden Gate Bridge was beautiful. Residents probably don’t get it, but to us outsiders, there is something special about this brick-red coloured suspension bridge – a combination of its location and its distinctive looks. It’s also the most popular place to commit suicide in the world – the 75 m drop means there is a 98% fatality rate among jumpers.

On Saturday it was off to pick older son up from school in Somerset. He was playing in an inter-house rugby game, and it’s good to see him back on the field again after his broken collar bone. There were some crunching tackles, and a moment of comedy when a slight fellow tackled a huge fatty, with the huge fatty landing on top of the slight fellow. He lived, though.

It’s always a challenge making the transition from a trip, where everything is very straightforward, and family life with two dogs (one of which is the pooing, weeing FFS), two cats, and two teenagers. But this is life’s richness. Now I’m approaching that wonderful time in the evening where everyone is asleep bar me, and I can watch TV and have a glass of wine in peace. I’ll be trying a Sonoma Zinfandel, in light of my recent trip.

Final thoughts: California has some special terroirs – vineyard sites with the capacity to make great wines. It will be interesting to see, in the post-Parker era, which direction California takes. I’d expect to see a greater diversity of styles of fine wine emerge. It’s an area I’ll be watching with interest, and I want to return as soon as possible.

3 comments to Back from California

  • keith prothero

    We plan to establish a boutique winery in Sonoma area or possibly Santa Barbara,within the next two years.
    Secret of course is having access to great vineyards,and it looks like Chris and Andrea,with all their work and good contacts in the area,may have done so.
    Admire you being able to sleep without any problem—-something I never achieved with over 30 years of inter-continental travel.

  • Glad you enjoyed your time here, and I agree, the Golden Gate Bridge is incredible.

    And Sonoma Zinfandel is a good pick, as it is not from a hot district where you get that kind of rasin-y Lodi character, but instead, is big, ripe, blackberry, black cherry, strawberry.


    Paul Kalemkiarian
    President, Wine of the Month

  • jason carey

    Dude, I bet you still are not drinking such producers such as Wind Gap, Littorai, Clos Saron, Nalle, Donkey and Goat etc.. none of them give a damn about Parker and have been making non parker wines. There are many many more.. next time shoot me an email and I will show you the alternate California you don’t see or hear about in GB.

    Also we do appreciate the Golden light on the Golden Gate Bridge

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