Last Sunday morning outside of Sacramento, at the airport in Lodi, CA, Kathleen caught this sky diver preparing for another tandem drop.
Apparently folks like to jump out of perfectly functional airplanes!
Lodi is a city located in San Joaquin County, in the northern portion of California’s Central Valley.
Lodi is best known from the Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Lodi”, and also as a center of wine production (The “Zinfandel Capital of the World”), although its vintages have traditionally been less prestigious than those of Sonoma and Napa counties. However, in recent years, the Lodi Appellation has become increasingly respected for its Zinfandel wine and other eclectic varietals. Nearby Woodbridge is the home of the well known winery by Robert Mondavi. Mondavi grew up in Lodi, and Mondavi Winery is considered one of the most influential in the American wine industry. www.kerstenbeck.com
Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love) is an amazing 121,000 square foot stone fortress, complete with guard towers, escape tunnels, a moat, a grand hall with colorful frescoes and massive 500 year old fireplace, family chapels, and a torture chamber furnished with a 15th century iron maiden.
The tasting room is located beneath the castle in a two-acre barrel cellar room that features 14 foot high ceilings, 40 crossed vaulted bays in old, handmade brick, and a travertine bar. In all, there are 107 rooms on seven levels
We had to stop by Prager Winery during a recent visit to Sonoma, California. Many years ago we tasted and purchased some outstanding Prager Port, which remains unopened – we were encouraged to sample it by the owners who rolled their eyes when they heard of our treasured cache. It has appreciated by close to 200% since purchase!
This window in the tasting room has not been cleaned in 25 years! Spiders love the St.Helena sun and the abundance of fruit flies and have spun this amazing web amongst the bottles. The entire tasting room is covered with dollar bills from the thirsty – it is really special.
The owners said they have the Original Website AND it is Windows based!
(Rumor has it that Mom had threatened to clean this out now for two weeks, renovate for better insulation properties, so this may soon be gone!) www.kerstenbeck.com