“Vineyards tucked among California’s Sonoma Valley in the springtime, offer the promise of future pleasures.” – Ed Lehming

The continuation of day one in California, and another winery, there may be a theme emerging here! On parting from Reverie II Wines, we proceeded via a step and winding road over the Mayacama Mountains, which separate the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. It was a road filled will steep grades and switchbacks, the roadside dominated by tall pines, vineyards, and beautiful private residences.

At the western base of this road lay our destination, Arrowood Estates, where we had another private tasting booked. I simply love the bold Cabernet Sauvignon produced in this region and Arrowood offers some of my favourites.

Sitting on the deck, overlooking the valley and rolling vineyards is such a pleasure. The scene is similar to our view from Reverie II but the Sonoma Valley, at this point, is a bit wider, yet the winery sits nestled on the eastern mountainside overlooking Sonoma.

For me, being from Canada, the California valleys with their rolling hills and oak trees interspersed with vineyards are so beautiful. As you can see from the image, the day remained overcast and a bit dull, but there were moments when the most beautiful light broke through the clouds and bathed the landscape with lovely light. I also like the natural layers of colour and texture that the composition offers. What a place to sit and drink it all in before parting for our next destination.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP 24-70 mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 24 mm
1/125 sec, f/5, ISO

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