California Dreaming

California, here we come with Diane and Barry Williams

California, here we come with Diane and Barry Williams

Joan Newcomer

The Wine Knots wrapped up its first year together in style with some California Dreaming at the home of Diane and Barry Williams. Being California natives, the Williams introduced the group to a jargon spoken only in Boonville, California called Boontling. So using the 19th century vernacular, the Wine Knots went “branching” (stepping out for a good time) to enjoy the tasting of some excellent “Frati” (wine).

Following the Russian River south from Boonville, the vistas open to the beautiful vineyards of Sonoma County. The balanced climate of the Alexander Valley produces the locally sourced grapes used to create River Road Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. This smooth Cabernet is on the lighter side with hints of dark fruit, blackberries and notes of cedar. Sipping this pleasant wine is definitely the stuff of dreams. Lest we drift too far though, our next wine, River Road Chardonnay, was a wake-up call of tropical fruit, creamy butterscotch and toasty oak flavors. This elegant wine was full-bodied and luscious. The River Road Family of Vineyards and Wineries is family owned and operated in the Green Valley, which is a small area characterized by early morning fog. The fog keeps the temperatures low for perfect grape growing conditions, and the family strives for excellence in their craft.

The California-themed appetizers and desserts assured that no one went to bed without supper this night. The weather was perfect for a night on the patio with good food, good wines, and after one year together, good friends. And it shouldn’t keep anyone awake at night trying to figure out how the Williams have managed this: hosting the Wine Knots once in December and once in August and the temperature outside was the same both nights! Sweet Texas dreams.