HELP OUT, SAY HELLO, STOCK THE SHELF: Doing several things at once? It seems as though half of the year-starting tip lists on the internet recommend ways to better our multitasking skills while every other article suggests slowing down and doing one thing at a time. There is a way to connect with both paths, and it involves paying a weekend visit to Northern Sonoma County. The multitasking part of your outing? You'll be calling upon a number of wineries in the area during Winter WINEland, which will allow you to do many lovely things at once.
ONE? You'll be getting to know some new vineyards, or perhaps returning to one that holds your heart. Two? You might purchase a few bottles along the way, allowing you to restock those shelves after the holidays. And three, and most heartfelt-ish? You'll be offering support to the area following the fires of October 2017. The region is open to visitors, and if you play the part of one of those visitors, you're helping local business thrive. As for the one-thing-at-a-time route? That happens when you get home and finally open the bottle you purchased, for savoring a glass of something good is about as one-thing-at-a-time-y as life pursuits get.
THE 2018 DATES... are Saturday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 14, and over 100 wineries around Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River Valleys will participate. If you attended in 2017, you may have noted that the event's theme was Vintages, Varietals, and Verticals, which will also be the theme at the 2018 happening. "Wineries offering vintages will open older vintages not typically available for tasting," while "...vertical wineries will focus on one varietal for the weekend, perhaps pouring 3-4 different types of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, etc." For the full list of wineries on board, multitask now by clicking here. (You'll be clicking and daydreaming, which counts as multitasking.)