Wine and Glasses

Ever wonder why wineglasses come in a variety of shapes? Or, are you are a beginner wine drinker and can’t figure out what glass to use when serving wine to your guests? Is there a difference?
According to Riedel Glass, an Austrian glass manufacturer, the philosophy is simple. The content of the glass determines the shape.

Sparkling wines are served in a tall, narrow glass allowing the wine’s bubbles to form at the bottom and rise to the top better than in a wider or more shallow glass.
White wine glasses are shorter than a Champagne glass with a medium diameter bowl. If, however, your white wine is more full-bodied, serve it in a glass with a slightly larger diameter bowl, allowing it to breathe and release its full aromas.

Lighter or medium bodied Red Wines are served in a glass with a slightly wider bowl than that of a white wine. Heavier Reds need the largest bowl in order to mix as much wine as possible with air. You also will be able to stick your nose into the glass to appreciate the wine’s bouquet.
Dessert wines are served in small glasses or ones with small bowls.
Why all the differences? Try tasting the same wine from different glasses. From the moment you stick your nose into the glass to the final tasting…you will notice a difference. Does that mean you’ve been doing it wrong. Absolutely not. It’s up to you how you want to serve and drink your wine. These ideas just may help you get started.
Besides…it’s fun experimenting.

Hopmonk Tavern

If you are in the Russian River Valley or headed to the Armstrong Redwoods, stop at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol for lunch. Eclectic in decor this delightful place with amazing food is located in a historic railroad building. Floors are slightly uneven…booths are generous…they pour a bunch of different beers from all over the country and the world…and their chef uses local cheeses, fruits, produce and meats.
Not sure which was better…salad of mixed field greens with beer poached pears and Cowgirl Creamery goat cheese or the homemade tomato soup with hints of gin and fennel.

Bodega Bay

Saturday along the coast at Bodega Bay was picture perfect.

Crashing waves against the rocks

Thundering surf

Beaches yielded some good California Jade

Rock sculptures jut out off the beaches

Armstrong Woods

Celebrating 75 years…just a drop in the bucket of the life of these magnificent trees.

Fairly self explanatory sign…

With over 55 inches of rain annually here in the Armstrong Redwoods, this is classified as a temperate rain forest.
There is absolutely no way to capture the grandeur and beauty of these trees on film.
With strands like these throughout the park, silence is the main sound. Truly a living reminder of the once primeval redwood forests that covered this part of the country.

Giants hugging the bank of a crystal clear stream.
Some redwoods grow only an inch or so each year where their tops are exposed to full sun. Under ideal conditions of partial shade and protection from moisture loss, trees may grow two to three feet in a year.

Sunlight does make its way to the forest floor now and then. Even at that, it’s cold walking through the forest. And quiet…once again you notice the silence. Not many birds or wildlife as there are not many food sources. We did hear an owl and a woodpecker.

Living Desert

Just outside of Palm Desert in The Living Desert lies this beautiful spot…

Yup…this is part of the Fault Line

Beautiful animals in somewhat normal habitat roam. This cheetah was looking for a nap.

This African Cerval is showing off his beautiful coat.