Touring around Lake County was amazing and exciting to see the different volcanic soils. We started in a vineyard with red coarse dirt and ended with black obsidian. Either way, it would be impossible to dig in. Also all of the minerals in the soil carry through into the wines, can you say terroir?
Over Labor Day weekend, Neil and I visited Lake County as a work field trip. We were invited out to Sol Rouge (http://solrouge.com/) in order to see the estate vineyard that produces some of the wine I sell. To those of you who live here in the city, this trip was able to happen because the Bay Bridge was closed (http://baybridgeinfo.org/closure), and our winery on Treasure Island was not accessible to the public.
Over the weekend Neil and Maria had the opportunity to experience Wine Riot, a great wine tasting/education event sponsored by Second Glass. (http://secondglass.com/wineriot/) Wine Riot occurs in 6 states throughout the year so keep your eye for an event near you!