We left on a Thursday to attend a birthday party for Dan's sister Carol. Carol and her wife Sonia live about an hour and a half's drive east of Sacramento in El Dorado County. The eastern part of the county was the site of the start of the California gold rush in the 1840s, and the western part extends into the Sierra Nevada mountain range, and beautiful Lake Tahoe. There's a lot to explore!
On Friday, we had the day to ourselves to explore. We visited a few wineries, of course!
We also drove to Placerville to do a bit of shopping and have lunch. Then we headed back to Carol and Sonia's in time for the festivities on Friday night, which included a spaghetti dinner and a blue grass band. That was just the beginning of the party. The real fun was on Saturday, when there were games galore, and a catered barbecue and DJ.
Not only do Carol and Sonia make wine, but they sing, too! and we were treated to some lovely harmonies sung by the two of them and their group -- the Post Minstrels.
Joe and Sam were there. We had such a good time with those two!
And a 'selfie scavenger hunt', where we were given 10 things to find on the grounds, and take a selfie with a partner. Sam and I paired up and won a bottle of champagne:)
In between the fun and games, there was some fun work to do, in stomping grapes, pressing and stemming . . .
. . . taking in the beautiful view.
We're looking forward to going back -- in 2019 if not before. That's when the first batch of Bom Vinho wine will be bottled.