John & Anne Wiley

2014/01/11

Valley of Vines

Santa Rita Valley wineries are both picturesque, and well-reputed for Pinot Noir in particular. The film Sideways features scenes and wineries there. I enjoy flying over it first because even in a dry year like this it’s such a beautiful vista down the river to the sea.

0049 Valley Vista

0049 Valley Vista

Secondly, we enjoy visiting the quaint tasting room at Alma Rosa and we used to be able to afford a bottle of their Pinot occasionally.

0052 Alma Rosa

0052 Alma Rosa

I also enjoy the colors of the river, and how it reminds me of small rivers I’ve kayaked and canoed. Time slows as we’re wordlessly slipping among reeds enjoying sunlight through the leaves, listening to bird song and silence punctuated by a gentle bump of paddle on hull or rippling dip of blade in the smell of slow river.

0062 River of Time

0062 River of Time

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