From Wind to Wine… Petaluma Gap AVA is a special one. WINE’S NEWEST AVA as of Dec 2017, has 150-years of tradition growing grapes. The wind and the fog are the Petaluma Gap’s vineyard trademark. Have YOU ever tried a Petaluma Gap wine?? Share with me in comments below ______!! This is my favorite bubblyfrom the region, a beautiful bottle to open by @kellerestate to celebrate the new designated AVA!!
As inland valley air heats up, it pulls the cool coastal air into a naturally formed 15-mile-wide “gap” in the coastal range mountains. The daily weather pattern goes something like this: Early-to-mid-morning finds a distinctive crisp coolness and a blanket of fog. By late morning the sun has chased away the fog and the temperatures rise. By mid-afternoon, however, the cool breezes return, flowing west to east, picking up speed as the afternoon progresses and bringing in the almost nightly fog.
In southern Sonoma County California, tucked and hidden in the most unexpected places you will find the vines. Crest a hill, round a curve, look into the little nooks and crannies that make up the landscape, and you’ll notice more and more pockets of green, made up of rows and rows of grapevines.
Vineyard yields are smaller and grapes ripen later, developing wonderful flavors and fruit characteristics, while maintaining ideal levels of acidity. It’s the perfect recipe for intense but well-balanced wines.
The Petaluma Gap produces wines for some of the region’s finest wineries including: Keller Estate Winery, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Guarachi Family Wines, deLoach Vineyards, Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Hart’s Desire Wines, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, Kosta-Browne Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Loxton Cellars, Sojourn Cellars, Schramsberg Vineyards, and Zepaltas Wines.
A perfect example of just one of the many benefits of investing in cross-training. It’s nice going on vacation or being surprised with a “No Swimming” sign and being able to say “No Problem, I’m a multi-sport athlete!”. Just a few of the benefits of cross training include higher overall level of fitness, reduced wear and tear via repetitive stress injury, lower likelihood of sports related injury, ability to continue training during rehabilitation, increased likelihood of maintaining an active lifestyle, enhanced weight loss, enhanced neuromuscular adaptability, increased flexibility and of course way more fun! Phew! So, what will you try that’s new this year? How will you challenge your body AND your mind? The possibilities are endless, right? If you would like guidance on a new sport or just want to toss around da few ideas, feel free to reach out...anytime! ✌️💪🕺🏻🏃🏼♀️⚽️🏂🏋🏼♀️🏄🏽♂️🏊🏼♂️🚴🏽♂️⛷🧗🏽♂️ #petalumariver#petaluma#sup
Exciting exhibit, entitled Powers of Ten: Scaling Up based on the Charles and Ray Eames film of the same name, just opened at the Petaluma Art Center. Delicious combination of Eames designs and the work of local artists, curated by granddaughter Llisa Eames, all based on the question of scale. Through March 24. .
I've been thinking a lot about what it means to surrender. Surrendering to patience, surrendering to gravity, surrendering to love and surrendering to heaviness. I came across these restorative words by Rainer Maria Rilke that remind one just how important heaviness is in relation to being lifted up: “How surely gravity's law,
strong as an ocean current,
takes hold of the smallest thing
and pulls it toward the heart of the world.
each stone, blossom, child-
is held in place.
Only we, in our arrogance,
push out beyond what we each belong to for some empty freedom.
If we surrendered
to earth's intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.
Instead we entangle ourselves
in knots of our own making
and struggle, lonely and confused.
So like children, we begin again
to learn from the things,
because they are in God's heart;
they have never left him.
This is what the things can teach us:
patiently to trust our heaviness.
Even a bird has to do that
before he can fly.” 💙💙💙 Exquisite words to lift the spirit. These beautiful winter-time paperwhites were grown by the @themonkeyflowergroup. Thank you for sharing these beauties with me Jaime!