The sun came out for a day. Not a workday this time-why does the sun always come out when one is engaged in suitable employment in an office with no windows ? Driving around in the vineyards with the heater directed toward the feet, parking the car in the sun where the ground is still stable and un-puddled and walking , camera in hand-it was pretty nice. In winter our valley discards its burnished gold summer wardrobe and we see green at last. Frosty, cold, and muddy but green.
This is the Carneros appellation ; varietals grown here prefer the lower summer temperatures moderated by the San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. This region, though only a 15 minute drive from my garden, is usually frost -free while I endure nighttime temps in the 20's and 30's. The remarkable diversity of the micro-climates in the Napa Valley facilitates both viticultural excellence and some pretty cool home garden opportunities.