My day began with a crash and ended with a headache (totally unrelated), but in between it was great.
At three in the morning I heard a clatter in my living room. It sounded as if my amaryllis plant had grown too tall for the weight of the blooms, snapped in half and toppled off the speaker, scattering wet dirt all over the white carpet. Amazingly, that's exactly what had happened. So in the middle of the night I was up with the Woolite foam, scrubbing the mud out of the rug.
That was an unfortunate way to start the day, but I did get a little more sleep before I had to be at John and Suzanne's house, where the limo was picking us up. Yes, in honor of Suzanne's birthday, John rented a limousine for the day and invited a bunch of people, family and friends, to go on a wine tasting tour of Sonoma County. There were thirteen of us on the bus (we kept calling it a bus because it was as big as a bus but much more comfortable, with its plush leather seats, wet bar and big screen TV).
We had a great time. Suzanne was feeling just enough better that she could enjoy the day, although it more than wore her out by the time it was over. We were all over the county, starting at Korbel in Guerneville and ending at- well, to be honest by that time and after that many wineries, I wasn't sure where we were. Somewhere near Kenwood, I think. Might have been Kunde Estate.
We were treated well almost everywhere. I did not taste every kind of wine offered in every tasting room, but I did drink more in one day than I usually do. It was spread out over ten hours, though, and between each stop we had bread and cheese and water in the limo. Staying hydrated goes a long way toward avoiding the worst effects of overindulgence. It's not foolproof, but it definitely makes it easier to keep having fun longer.