Lunch Before We Go

What do you do when it’s 100 degrees and you should be packing for England?
Go to lunch at The Terraces.

Not just any lunch…and not just any place.

This is a special lunch in the vineyard.

Great wines…

Lots of great wines…more on the food after we get back.

Questions to Ponder

Did you know?

* American Airlines saved $40,000 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first class.

* The abbreviation ORD for Chicago’s O’Hare airport comes from the old name ‘Orchard Field’.

* KLM is the world’s oldest airline and was established in 1919.

You’ll have to wait until May 27 for my next entry. I’m going across the pond to visit our son and daughter-in-law in Cambridge, England. I’ll tell the Queen “hello”.

Road Trips

Did you know 42% of Americans do plan a leisure trip this summer? If you’re one of those and want to save a few dollars on that trip, check out these tips.
Keep an eye out for Welcome Centers or Visitor Centers. They are an excellent source for coupons.
Check the Internet before you leave home. Many motels and hotels are offering discounts this summer. Super 8 Motels will take 15% off if you book eight days in advance.
Pack a cooler. Buying food, soda, and snacks on the road can really add up. Check out Find all sorts of good road trip snacks including delicious sounding blackberry rice krispies.
Remember you can haggle. If the hotel parking lot is empty or the place seems vacant, feel free to ask about a special deal.
If you plan to visit multiple National Parks, check out the annual pass. It’s around $80 for general and $10 for seniors. Go to
Do you belong to a club? Everything from soccer clubs to professional organizations may qualify for travel discounts at various hotels and tourist spots. See if you qualify.

Del Dotto Winery

Del Dotto has two locations. This one is toward the south end of the Silverado Trail in Napa. It just looks like it should house a winery.

Actually, inside are caves and more caves…

Caves filled with barrels and more barrels…

Barrels filled with delicious drink…


At Korbel Champagne Winery in Guerneville, bottles used to be filled like this. Wonder how many they broke? Lots.

Bottles were rotated by hand…and with this little candle as the only light.

One of their original labels.