These days, I rarely roam far from Fortieth Street, and, while the Oakland hills are a reliably grounding force in the distance – reminding me just where I am and how very small – it is a long view of the sea and sky that calms my soul and returns me to the world; so, when two days came free last week, my wife and I sedated our Chihuahua, piled into the car, and hit the winding road west to the water.
It was before this week’s fires; the sky was clear, and the countryside showed its everyday California magic: sun-dappled Redwood forests, sweeping amber hills, and, here and there, a Black Angus bull, solid and still. In a single day of travel, the temperature outside went from the low fifties, up into the nineties, then back down again.
The coast, near Mendocino, was dazzling, with Seuss-like blooms of Echium - those shrubby perennials that send up six-foot cones of flowers - and below, white froth-filled caves carved by the crashing waves. I picked a nasturtium flower from this trail, popped it in my mouth, and was struck by its sweetness and spice, a product of this pure, extreme, coastal California terroir.
Thank you, California, for reminding me that the world is not small and ugly; it is large and beautiful, and still so full of unspoiled wonders. Dear readers, please join us tonight for a tasting flight of white wines from our unique and enchanted state.
TONIGHT: THURSDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS – California Whites & Spanish Reds - $12 from 4-8pm.
SATURDAY, August 4th: EUROPEAN SPARKLING FLIGHTS - Spanish Cava Rosado, French Pet Nat & Italian Lambrusco – $15 from 3-6pm
SUNDAY, August 5th: ALL ITALIAN TASTING FLIGHTS and OAKLAND YARD WINE CLUB pick up party. TRE MODI: Sicilian Insolia, Nebbiolo from Piedmont, and a new, hot pink, natural, bubbly Pinot Grigio - $15 from 2-6pm
See you soon,