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Monday, April 13, 2009

Windsor Trip

This weekend we went up to Windsor (Sonoma County-about 5 miles south of Healdsburg) to stay with Ryan's parents for a few days.  It was a lot of fun.  Lots of candy and swimming.  We had a nice Easter and Avery LOVED all the treats the Easter Bunny brought her.  

One of the best parts though was on Saturday.  Ryan and his Dad played golf that morning and they were paired with 2 other guys.  One of the guys (Brendan Malm) says he owns a wine company and offered to bring us all to the winery where he rents space to make his wines.  (He grows his fruit elsewhere).  We took the kids and met him in downtown Healdsburg....I kept joking that this could either be really good or really bad!  We didnt know this guy at all!  But, I met him and he seemed super nice, a Dad of two young ones about Avery and Nolan's age.  So we followed him up this winding road, up a dirt road and through an iron gate to the most beautiful piece of property I think I have ever seen.  Of course, no camera.  I was conserving the battery.  Acres and acres of vines, beautifully lanscaped in the most vibrant greens and plums.A pond with a trellised deck and a swing.  The owners estate sat up in the hill-he took us up there to check out the property and it was incredible.  We got to go behind the scenes and taste wines from barrels and tanks.  Then he opened several bottles for us to taste.  Delicious.  We asked all kinds of stupid questions.  It was so much fun.  We bought a case of their Alexander Valley Pinot and he hand waxed each bottle for us!  They dont sell to stores, only restaurants at this time-but if you ever see a wine from Malm Cellars on a wine list-try it!  

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