Life in California: Holiday Edition

This is the next installment of my Life in California series, chronicling my transition to the California lifestyle after moving to northern California from Tampa, Florida. Since we went back east in early November, Scott and I decided to stay in California for the holidays. It was only the second time (and likely, the last) I’ve been away from some sort of family during this emotion-packed, must-be-jolly season. I’ll admit it was freeing to avoid the nightmare of travel but melancholy settled in as I missed friends and family. But, of course, new friends, experiences (and wine) cushioned the season.

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Life in California: Forestville and Sonoma County Barrel Weekend

I’ve been living in Sonoma County for 10 days now and it still feels surreal. I reside in a furnished, basement apartment in Forestville, in the midst of the tallest redwood trees in North America and amongst the tree huggers. Aka the “granola” set. People bathe but they really don’t care what you think of their Birkenstocks with socks and grimy sweat pants.

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Wine trippin': Your guide to Napa and Sonoma

Grapes are part of the guide to Napa and Sonoma

One hit of wine country and your addiction will surpass Amy Winehouse’s. I still recall the emotional rush the first time I glimpsed the undulating hills and illustrious wineries on Napa’s Highway 29. Tingly, my fresh newbie-ness bubbled with fervor and newfound pleasure. It felt good — alluring and bewitching, with a heroin-like efficacy. Join me on the dark side of the vine while I provide a guide to Napa and Sonoma wine countries.

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