Wine Train in Napa and more about our companions.

Julie and Tim O'Neill of Sanibel (and ND class of 66)
Julie and Tim O’Neill of Sanibel (and ND class of
66)
Joe and Linda Mondelli of Sanibel (and owners of John R. Wood, Realtors on the island)
Joe and Linda Mondelli of Sanibel (and owners of John R. Wood, Realtors on the island)
a totally restored old rail car is our lunch spot.
a totally restored old rail car is our lunch spot.
the lovebirds and their window on the wine world.
the lovebirds and their window on the wine world.
What is it about grapes growing that is so beautiful and comforting?
What is it about grapes growing that is so beautiful and comforting?

it may be that it’s the anticipation of some newly-discovered wine tastes…that’s certainly so when in Northern California.  We can see this vineyard from our balcony at the Meritage Resort and Spa.

We wouldn’t ordinarily choose to come to a place like this (more of a convention hotel than a romantic getaway like the Inn Above Tide in Sausalito or the Tickle Pink Motor Lodge in the Big Sur, where we are headed on Saturday) but we bid on a “package tour” at a benefit dinner for FISH of Sanibel last spring.  Our friends, the O’Neills and the Mondelli’s were at our table and we all became enthralled with the prospect of doing some travel together and learning to enjoy our wines.  Good choice.  So far, we have all behaved ourselves.

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Joe Mondelli is an expert packer; note the van with six people’s stuff.
Up there on the hill is a man crushing some grapes above the vineyard.
Up there on the hill is a man crushing some grapes above the vineyard.

Today is our Beau Wine Touring day.  Meeting Jill and Mike Silvas at their friend’s winery – Robinson Family Vineyards.

chiproach

Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 10-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 53 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids. Helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education.

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