Thursday, February 16, 2006

A day with John and Fran

Wednesday Sue's brother John Graziano, her mother Fran and I went to San Benito County to Vista Verde Vineyards south of Hollister. San Benito County has to be one of California's best kept secret wine regions [Link.] Sue's brother John is a winemaker at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in New York [Link] and they are owned by John Dyson. Dyson also owns Vista Verde Vineyards as well as Williams Selyem [Link], which makes some of the best Pinot Noir in the world. Like Williams Selyem, Millbrook gets a lot of its fruit from Vista Verde. Anthony, the manager of the vineyard gave us an awesome tour of the 440 acre vineyard in his 4-wheel-drive pickup.

Vista Verde Vineyards

Then we went to San Juan Batista where we had a great Mexican food lunch and toured the mission and the historical buildings there.

John and Fran

That evening we had a fantastic Italian dinner which Fran cooked and enjoyed some great conversation and a great bottle of wine, an Italian Barbaresco. It was a good day. We are going away soon to celebrate Fran's 80th birthday and I will try to continue posting to this blog from my phone.

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