Monday, December 19, 2005

Go WEST young man, go West...

What a great article!

All except all those parts where the writer places Sonoma East of Napa, and about how Sonoma has 58 miles of beaches to the East of Santa Rosa…

Otherwise the placement of the E&J Gallo Winery in Napa stands out as an obvious error as well.

It’s doubtful many readers in North Carolina would appreciate the difference that would make – unless they wound up in Lodi or Davis while looking for the Sonoma Plaza.

Reminds me of a story I heard quite a few years back about a Sonoma resident who – while out in his yard – had a car of tourists from the bay area stop to ask for directions.

“Where,” they honestly inquired, “are the gold mines?”
“What gold mines?” he replied.
“Well this is Gold Country, isn’t it?” came the next question from the car…
“No,” He said, “this is Wine Country. You’re looking for Sonora, and that’s about two-and-a-half hours East of here in the Sierra foothills.”
…at which point the couple in the front seat started arguing over which turn they should’ve taken an hour ago and drove off.

Really, quality grape growing is all about location.
I won’t put the good people of the
Rocky Mountain Telegram to task for it entirely, but they should’ve at least looked at a map before they went to print…


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