We got to the hotel, where we found our friends, Jeff and Deena, already checked in; soon after, Dave and Brenda joined us as we all went for lunch at Chili's. From there, the campaign started.
Wineries hit the first day: Battaglini, Russian Hill, Moshin (loved those sauternes), Meeker. Second day: La Crema, Williamson (and we had food and wine pairings with a discussion by the master vintner; very nice time, and wonderful wines), Vati (along with barrel-tasting, ahead of the crowd). Third day, marred by the barrel-tasting event; hundreds of folks were wandering around at a low entry fee and getting wasted on young wine out of the barrels. Kept us from really getting into the tastes. We went to Passalacqua, Bella, Sbragia. Fourth day: V. Sattui, in Napa Valley, where we met up with Patrick and Menette, who live near Berkeley; they have a cheese and deli shop on the grounds, so we bought that and bread and some of their wines, and had a picnic on the grounds; this was followed by Peju and Martini wineries. We had dinner at Don Giovannis in the Valley there; very nice.
Final day we went to the sake factory in Berkeley, CA, for their museum and sake tasting; very nice.
Marred only by forestcats losing her wallet. She got it back, though only by backtracking about an hour's drive.
Back to work.