Takes a lot of hot air...
"What shall we try first??"
We admired their artificial grass.... No wine stains??
It was a magnificent day...
"I found you guys! Come in and help us taste the wine!"
Did You Know? -
Average annual wine consumption of selected other countries (2008; The Wine Institute)
France - 70.9 bottles (another reason I love France)
Luxembourg - 70.2 bottles (there's not much else to do)
Italy - 66.7 bottles (another reason I love Italy)
Portugal - 59.1 bottles
Switzerland - 48.3 bottles
Spain - 43.9 bottles
Greece - 43.7 bottles
Denmark - 36.7 bottles
Argentina - 35.7 bottles
Belgium - 33.7 bottles
Germany - 32.2 bottles
Australia - 30.3 bottles
New Zealand - 29.1 bottles
Netherlands - 28.9 bottles
United Kingdom - 25.5 bottles (more than twice the US!)
Ireland - 23.0 bottles (in addition to all that beer!)
Chile - 21.5 bottles
Sweden - 20.7 bottles
Canada - 16.3 bottles
USA - 12.9 bottles (come on, guys, this is embarrassing!)
Finland - 11.3 bottles
South Africa - 10.6 bottles
Russia - 9.9 bottles (too busy drinking vodka)
United Arab Emirates - 7.7 bottles (and growing fast!)
Hong Kong - 5.0 bottles (also growing fast)
Japan - 2.5 bottles (probably excludes Sake)
Brazil - 2.4 bottles (too busy getting plastic surgery)
Poland - 2.1 bottles
China - estimates vary from 0.7 to 1.6 bottles (Chinese consumption is rising by 15-30% per year. There is unbelievable demand for first growth Bordeaux in Hong Kong and China, which has kept prices high despite the world-wide recession.)
Israel - 1.5 bottles (probably because they don't have Manischewitz there!)
Robin and Bob join the group... The party can now start
The tasting room was nicely decorated
The Tasting Room Manager was pouring up a storm!
Slurp... Gurgle... Giggle...
Cyndy brought her portable suit case....
Did You Know? -
California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy, and Spain.
The wine is flowing....
We are ready to taste... Is there any remaining??
"Over the teeth and through the gums....
Lookout tonsils here it comes!"
Donna shows off the new cork tierra and her new necklace that matches her earrings
Did You Know? - When Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, the wine jars buried with him were labeled with the year, the name of the winemaker, and comments such as "very good wine." The labels were so specific that they could actually meet modern wine label laws of several countries.
We found out we could have lobster macaroni and cheese as an appetizer
You cannot hide from the camera!
"Stop #2 and we have not slowed down yet!"
Wine drinking safety glasses required
Candles that smell like wine? What will they think of next?
The "Little Ones" decide on a plan of attack!
"Hey Donna... Is this the second or third time through the list??"
They put up the sign for us
Checkout... Departing is such sweet sorrow
Did You Know? - Plato argued that the minimum drinking age should be 18, and then wine in moderation may be tasted until 31. When a man reaches 40, he may drink as much as he wants to cure the "crabbedness of old age."
Team Zaitz at work!
A short walk to the building revives our thirst
Hurry up or we will drink it all
Did You Know? - Red wine represents 55% of restaurant wine sales.
Looking down through the glass floor
The famous glass floor (Looking up)
"Who is down there looking up??"
Geeze... All we get is sandals???
It was a great talking point
Yeah Yeah the gangs all hear
Did You Know? - Oenophobia is an intense fear or hatred of wine.
Bob assists them with the big words
Time to enjoy the afternoon breeze words
We could not figure out why they had water running down the walls....
Then Bob figured it out!
Need we say more????
The flowers were stunning against the rock backdrop
Bob came in to explain about the water...
Cyndy keeps her vodka in a water bottle...
All for us????
Did You Know? - Most wine is served in a glass that has a gently curved rim at the top to help contain the aromas in the glass. The thinner the glass and the finer the rim, the better. A flaring, trumpet-shaped class dissipates the aromas.
They are remodeling....
The vineyards looked great!
Did You Know? - Wine grapes rank number one among the world's fruit crops in terms of acres planted.
The boys were driving so the girls were tasting....
The proper way to pose is demonstrated
The grapes are coming along
Bob thought he heard a phone ringing
"Hey Paul.... There is some good stuff in here!"
Bob found a wine app for the phone
Guess who was the chick magnet??
We tried to tie it to the back of the car but alas.... it made too much noise
Your welcome and we did!