Such was the case on a recent Thursday, one just before feast.
HIKING WESTERLY, we climbed a ridge where the topography, and, perhaps, the exposure, was less kind to wine grapes. Here, the live oak and black oak canopied the road.
Under foot, evidence of an already wet season sprung from the duff.
Tracing the top of the ridge only for a few yards, the route curls back down into the rolling vineyards.
Particularly on a day when sun, color, temperature and clime becomes one with our spirit.
NOTE: The Marietta Winery is not open for public tasting or tours. However, the Bilbro father-and-sons wine-making team produce sought-after reds that are available at finer stores. The "Church" recommends you begin with a bottle of "Old Vine." Handcrafted. Delicious. Something you'd be "proud to share with friends but affordable enough to enjoy with pizza on a Tuesday night after work."
Acknowledgment: Thanks to owner Chris Bilbro for access to the property - and for the fabulous Thanksgiving repast.
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