Sunday, November 11, 2012

California Dreaming in Zone 8B - Wine Country

So here we are again in Zone 8B, but check out the scenery compared to the previous post!  The temperature changes from 43 degrees to 85 + degrees within a 60 minute drive, perfect for wine making and farming.  As you drive away from the coast and out of the fog you start to see a huge change in geography as the once treacherous cliffs become gentle rolling hills and the rivers become dry creeks. Next stop, the famous vineyards of the Russian River Valley, Green Valley, Dry Creek Valley and Carneros Valley.  I can't pick a favorite location, they all are wonderful and have their own style and beauty.
 
 
 
Cliffs along the PCH 1 with the fog pouring inland
 

 
Road leading inland with the fog in the distance - you should be able to see miles of beautiful shoreline.
 
 
 

The Russian River flowing toward the pacific ocean
 

 
 
Beautiful California oaks sprinkled along the hillside
 

 

Beautiful California oaks sprinkled along the hillside

 
 


Dry Creek Valley - Wine Vineyards

 


Famous town of Glen Ellen
 

 
Perennial garden in Duncan Mills
 


Container with pansies/violas in Duncan Mills
 

 
Dianthus' & roses in Duncan Mills
 

 

Dianthus garden in Duncan Mills
 

 
Majestic California Oak
 
 
 
Wildflowers at Iron Horse Vineyards in the Green Valley
 
 


Iron Horse Vineyards - Green Valley




Fort Ross Vineyards - On the coast but above the fog
 
 
 





Fort Ross Vineyards - On the coast but above the fog

 
 
 
Dry Creek Valley
 
 
 
Alexander Valley
 
 
 
Schug Vineyards
Carneros Valley
 

 
Gundlach Bundschu Vineyard or GUNBUN
Located at the crossroads of the Sonoma, Carneros and Napa Valley

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