Down Under in California

 

Australians have always held a certain mystique for me. First, there’s that amazing accent. Then there’s the lore of crocodile hunting, the Outback, and kangaroos.

 

We were honored to have our Australian distributor visit us yesterday to talk about plans for Spring 2013. Which, if you didn’t already know, is exactly the opposite time of year as ours. As a matter of fact, his kids’ Summer Break starts mid-December and he shared that they’ll be skiing stateside.  Not a lot of American kids will be writing about that on their “What I did this Summer” essay.

 

So, what can one do to “impress” a visiting Australian? Take them wine tasting, of course.

 

We opted for a fabulous lunch just off the square in Healdsburg at Campo Fina (http://www.campo-fina.com). We didn’t have time to take advantage of their bocce ball court in back, but hope to return someday for some friendly competition. (Alas, my husband would probably say that there’s no such thing for me as I tend to get rather competitive).

 

After lunch, we headed down Grove Street to Seghesio Family Winery (http://www.seghesio.com). If you’re a Zinfandel fan, their wines are not to be missed. We’ve been told that this is one of the oldest vineyards in California. It was started by Edoardo Seghesio who immigrated from Italy in the late 1800’s. The wines are still being made by a 4th generation Seghesio-an.

 

Their winery is beautiful with amazing old barrels inside their tasting room and a stunning outdoor picnic area with…wait for it…a bocce ball court. (Who knew bocce ball was so popular in Sonoma County?)

 

After a several tastes of Seghesio’s award-winning wines, we wrapped up the day excited about the budding relationship that will ensure we can share some of our California mystique with our friends Down Under.  

 

Where would you take visiting Australians in your home town?

 

May all your days be sunny!

Doni

 

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