Christmas Parties Begin

Angel at Trentadue Winery

This has been a whirlwind of a weekend.  It started on Thursday and has progressed until now – Sunday evening at my friend’s home in Pleasanton.  There is so much to do and so little time.

Ian at the French Garden

Thursday evening was Dining Out for Life in West Sonoma County.  This is a local fundraiser for Food for Thought, the food pantry for AIDS patients.  Not sure how much money was earned but I can assure you that no one walked into a restaurant without reservations and was seated immediately.  There is a host for each establishment from the community whose role is to make sure that their tables are full.  The restaurants give 20% of their take to Food for Thought.   Katy, Jen and I ended up at the bar of the French Garden on Bodega Avenue at Pleasant Hill Road.  We had a wonderful dinner and then slipped over to a party just south of Sebastopol.

If that wasn’t enough of a partying weekend, Friday night was picking up wine shipments in Healdsburg and a Holiday Art Show on Florence Street in Sebastopol.  The first stop was Francis Ford Coppola Winery.  A little tasting and chatting at the tasting room and away we went with Gail’s quarterly shipment.  Was it that long ago that we were there picking up the last shipment?  Where does the time go?  The next stop was Trentadue Winery.  Remember our visit to Trentadue last June?  Last week I shared the 2009 Trentadue Sangiovese with Jen and Dan.  It was really good.  Good enough that we consumed two bottles.  The Christmas lights at Trentadue are spectacular.  You can go for the wine or go for the lights – either are worth the trip.

Our last stop was at the home and studio of Abby Bard, local weaver, on the art street of Florence Avenue.  I love Abby’s garments.  She was joined by a group of friends with paintings, jewelry, pottery and leather works.  It was a lovely display and we picked up a few Christmas presents.

So five events under my belt and I was completely ready for the weekend.  And this was Christmastime in San Francisco weekend.  I will post as soon as I get my next free minute.

Beginning of the Holiday Season

2 Responses to “Christmas Parties Begin”


  1. 1 Matthew Ellis December 5, 2011 at 12:57 am

    So happy to hear that you were part of the crowd for dining out for life! Important for those with HIV / AIDS as its such a major fun raiser each year. Proud of you for this.


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