Land of Wine
· 20 June 2007 ·

Some people really like grape juice, a lot. Here in America exists a thriving culture, entirley independent of the cares and woes of the rest of the nation, with the exception of one…and that is their desire to drink a fermented grape beverage. Life litteraly revolves around the vino in Napa valley. As we have stencilled concrete patterns of leaves and evergreen trees along the I-5 corridor in washingtown, they have stenciled clusters of grapes. Small décor grape clustes are present on the left side of every street sign, all of the art galleries house works of art gesturing at the relish of wine, menus at breweries are dominated on one side by food, the other by wine, with no mention of beer. Drinking and driving is a bit of a sport in the valley, and it is not unheard of for one to drink red coffee with breakfast. And what have I learned from this experience thus far? How to tell the difference between a 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2004 Rutherford. Cheers.

Written by Rich Halvorsen

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