Delectus Winery - July 30, 2011
Rogers, Redwood Region Vice President
The day started as many do this time of year: overcast and a little
misty. The temperature was in the mid-60's as we gathered at Kal's Kaffe
Mocha in Windsor. A good crowd was present when I arrived at just past
9:00am. I had come out from my weekend home in Forestville, and driven
to Kal's by back roads from there. As I drove eastbound on Airport Blvd
toward Kal's, I noticed CHP officers setting up a shade tent and putting
out cones. Unbeknownst to me, the bike route for the Vineman
Triathalon followed the part of Airport Blvd directly passing Kal's.
The CHP/Vineman connection was to provide some creative route
(re)management, and cause some of the attendees a bit of confusion.
Highway Patrol officers closed off our exit onto Airport just before we
left the parking lot. A few of us at the end lost sight of the main
group just as we circuitously found our way back onto Airport. Four cars
in front of me, Holger and Martina Seibert took the onramp for
southbound 101 instead of continuing across the overpass to Old Redwood
Figuring that it was better to make sure they could get back on route, I
followed them onto the freeway. Holger must have figured out the mistake
soon afterward as he took the Mendocino Ave exit a couple of miles down
the road. At this point, we had all figured out that actually reading
the route directions would be a good thing (Kurt constantly reminds me
of this fact). A quick trip back over to northbound 101, and the exit at
Mark West Springs/River Rd had us on track again.
After nice ride over the hills between the Sonoma and Napa valleys, we
made our way to the beautiful Silverado trail and headed South with a
gorgeous blue sky revealing itself at last. Several miles further, we
took a left up into Sage Canyon and onto Pope Valley. On our way through
Pope Valley, we encountered two bicycles and a small pickup truck block
the road around a blind turn.
This is an appropriate time to mention risk management. Every time we
start our engines and pull onto the road, we are at some risk. We can
mitigate this risk by knowing our cars very well, and by being present,
alert, and aware of our surroundings. Paying attention to speed limits
also mitigates risk. We try to stress these facts at each and every
driver's meeting, and yet even doing everything right does not remove
Almost every single car managed to come around that turn and get past
the obstruction without incident. Two cars did not. No one was injured.
What did happen was that a third car came around the turn when two
others were already stopped behind the pickup, and there was not enough
room left to stop behind the second car. The driver of the third car was
able, due to his skill level, to pull to the right of the stopped
vehicles. Unfortunately, this left his Boxster sideways on a very steep,
rocky hillside. Traction and gravity fought. Gravity won, and he
slid down into car number two from directly above its passenger side.
Both vehicles had some mostly cosmetic damage, and were able to continue
on for the rest of the tour.
I was greatly impressed by the calm, understanding, even friendly manner
with which the owners of the two cars handled this incident.
Back to the tour....
After a brief and welcome rest stop a little farther down the road, we
continued on over Howell Mountain and Deer Park roads back down to
Silverado once more, then on up to Hwy 128, where after a short while we
made a right onto Ida Clayton Road. Sometimes the best things await at
the end of a long journey. This is certainly the case with the new
location for the Delectus Winery. The view over the hills toward the
coast was stunning, and we arrived not only to this, but also to a very
warm, friendly welcome from winery owner Gerhard Reisacher, who
had prepared a feast under the tree-shaded hilltop area where he is
about to construct the new winery buildings for Delectus.
Club members were treated to a complimentary tasting of 6 different (and
excellent) red varietals prior to and during a very relaxed meal, with
tri-tip and chicken provided by the winery complimented by a tasty
assortment of potluck items brought by Club members. Discounts were
offered for wine purchase and many of our brethren took full advantage
with some joining the Delectus wine club as well. Great drive, beautiful
weather, fantastic food, fantastic view, and excellent company... it
doesn't get much better.