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Traveling and Christmas

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It's not secret that I'm not at my house much, but it's a fun life for sure. This week I started in Orange County for meetings at our corporate office and was able to stay at the DoubleTree Santa Ana ... which includes the Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar. The meetings were very productive and dinner with my marketing colleagues at Seasons 52 was finished off with a few shots of decadent desserts.

After 24 hours home, I was back to Napa for our Holiday Party at the Culinary Institute ... amazing food and some fabulous wines, all at one beautiful venue.

I finished the week at Bayside for a Christmas extravaganza, featuring the Earth Harp, Lincoln Brewster, and so many other great things focusing on the true message of Christmas. If you're in the area, head to Bayside to be part of one of the upcoming services.
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Fun Month of Wine

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It's been a fun month. There were meetings and wine tasting in Napa Valley, including my first trips to Cakebread Cellars and the Harvest Inn, and a birthday lunch with the team at Hurley's. There was a quick trip to Clarksburg and Bogle Vineyards (the best deal in wine tasting ... no tasting fee) and a birthday dinner with my parents at Scott's Seafood on the River. I celebrated Thanksgiving with family in Scotts Valley and we were able to work off our turkey dinner at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, looking at the beautiful redwoods and chasing after a few kids.

Back in Napa, I enjoyed a lunch at the Kitchen Door and a holiday party with others in the wine/hospitality industry at Inglenook, before heading back to Sacramento to walk through Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo.

I finished up with wine tasting in Lodi (my excuse ... had to pick up my parents wine club shipment). Lange Twins was a great way to start the day, followed by Viaggio, and, my family's favori…