Hi everyone! Cassini Ranch was quite an experience as many of us had never done any type of camping before. Roughing it? Well, maybe not, but it was certainly “roughing it” for this group of Jersey girls. We definitely had a lot of fun.
I’m glad we’re moving on, and it’s all aboard Rich’s magic carpet. I have to give Greg and Vito special thanks, since they really did their share (and Rich’s share) of the work at the campsite. Well it’s no secret now that Rich likes to do as little physical labor as possible. His motto has always been, “Why use your back when you can use your brain?” Lucky for him he always finds someone (willing or not) to pick up the slack, so he can supervise. Thankfully he’s a good driver and we all laughed our way there in one piece.
Our tour of the Lavendi Vineyards was great. Our host and winemaker, Allison Doran, was very informative and patient as she answered questions and walked us through the winemaking process. She is so passionate about her profession. Allison even sings opera to the grapes! We were lucky to get a special performance as well.
The California wine country is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. The storybook setting of the Lancaster Estate just takes your breath away. Nicole Simpkins, the owner of the estate, was such a pleasure to talk to. When we went to the wine cave for our wine tasting, it brought back fond memories from my childhood visits to Italy. My grandfather did in fact have a wine cave. However it was not quite as grand as the one at Lancaster. It was very rustic and not nearly as sophisticated, but nonetheless it was nostalgic just to be there. It was a wonderful beginning to the evening.