Photography: Fall Fashions in Wine Country

All Photos Copyright 2019 Russell Johnson

Unless you go to the mountains, California is not known for its fall colors. Yes, there are splashes here and there, but not the blazing displays you will find in colder, wetter climes. But, the planting of thousands of acres of wine grapes over the past thirty years or so, has created a new fall fashion. Here are a few from Sonoma/Napa wine country.

OldVines, Sonoma, CA

Red and Green Vines, Sonoma
Harlequin Vines – (c) Russell Johnson

Fall Colors - Far Niente Road, Napa CalifFar Niente Vineyards – Napa

Caving In To Champagne

Near Epernay – Photo (c)Russell Johnson

The night they invented champagne
It’s plain as it can be
They thought of you and me
The night they invented champagne
They absolutely knew that all we’d want to do
Is fly to the sky on champagne

Lyrics from”Gigi” (1958) (Lyrics : Alan Jay Lerner / Music : Frederick Loewe)

Champagne has always been about celebration, like greeting the new year.

I had always enjoyed it, regarded it as a fizzy beverage, but never appreciated its subtleties. I had a binary rating system : zero to one…maybe a “meh” in between. I was long overdue for an attitude change.


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