Vern Rogers, Redwood Past President
(photos courtesy of Craig Steele and Barbara McCrory)
Over 30 cars and 56 people gathered on a beautiful Saturday morning a
few weeks back for an hour and a half of Sonoma County backroad bliss.
The tour about to begin would take us from Kaffe Mocha in Windsor to the
Southern-most beginnings of West Side Rd. West Side has always been one
of my favorite roads even in past years when the pavement surface was
awful. Lucky for our Porsche pilots this day, it had very recently been
repaved. Nothing combines so well as new asphalt, great vineyard views,
incredible vehicles, and intrepid drivers.
We followed West Side all the way until it turned toward Eastward
towards Healdsburg, catching West Dry Creek Rd in the middle of that
turn. Amazingly enough West Dry Creek also had new pavement... let the
bliss continue. Unfortunately, we did have to contend with other,
slower, and perhaps less predictable occupants of the road. Even though
we had moved our event away from the July 18th Vineman Triathalon, we
still ended up with a Century Ride on our Saturday. Luckily, the
Century riders were going in the opposite direction from the Porsches,
and for the most part were in single file. Those of you that attended
this year's Point Reyes Station run remember that this is not always the
We stayed on West Dry Creek to very near the far North end of the valley
crossing it only to reach Dutcher Creek road and make our way across
101, down to Geyserville and onto 128 South into Alexander Valley
landing ultimately on a right turn onto the driveway to Field Stone.
This was our third annual trek to this beautiful setting. Once again,
we were greeted by the always friendly staff and winery volunteers.
After car parking, and getting wristbands for wine tasting and lunch,
most folks were led on a tour of the grounds. A few stayed behind at
the picnic tables to begin the first round of tasting. Once the tour
participants arrived back, several wines were poured for tasting, ending
with the absolutely fabulous Petite Sirah. A lunch of grilled sausages,
tri-tip, potato and green salads, as well as corn bread and a chocolate
cake dessert followed the tasting and was heartily enjoyed by all. Our
few vegetarians were treated to some excellent and very freshly prepared
cheese ravioli in pesto sauce.
participants received two tickets for a glass of wine, as well as a
raffle ticket. No one went hungry or thirsty. Raffle prizes
of baseball caps and vintage wall thermometers were won by a lucky few,
Year after year this winery has provided our club with a really
fantastic event, as well as an opportunity to purchase their wines
at a discount and join their wine club. As I have said, this is the
only club I still belong to and have been a member since the early
80's. If you had a great time at this event, please show your
appreciation by writing a great review on Yelp, by becoming a member
of their wine club, or simply by purchasing their wines in your
local store or restaurant.
We look forward to the summer of 2016
for our next run to Field Stone. Big thanks to Katherine, Greg,
Jason and the fabulous winery volunteers!