Wednesday, August 15

Seasons of Grapery

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Grapes galore! This is what greeted us upon our arrival in Napa this past weekend. John, Andy, Josh, Dave, Nick, and I all grouped together once again for E-vent 2006: Part II. The first part of course was last May, when we all gathered in Baltimore for some Preakness stakes (I didn’t go) and delicious Maryland seafood (I ate some). This time around, everyone was in the Bay Area, so that was the place that lured us.

We rolled ourselves into Sac-town late on Friday night, only to find out that such a scene does not exist. Turns out, Davis is actually far more happening, so we retreated to the comfort of Dave’s new abode and played poker until the wee hours of the morning. This despite Dave’s living across from a cornfield. Most memorable part of our stay in Davis was Josh and I getting lost the next morning while running around on suburban bike paths. Probably it was the most memorable because I was not drinking, which is a stark departure from the rest of the trip.

Saturday brought wine tasting sort of on the cheap. We had some fancy pants cheeses, meats and breads, bought a bottle of wine, and threw down a blanket at one or another Napa valley winery. I ended up sending home a six-pack from vintner Charles Krug. The entire valley is covered in grapes! I figured there’d by at least some other industry — maybe a coal mine or at least a software house or something — but there’s nothing. I was surprised by the lack of other business so close to San Francisco. Guess it goes to show just how valuable the land is.

The rest of the weekend was a mixture of shopping thriftily, drinking heartily, and eating at a creperie. Sunday was a great chance to just lay back and relax. Played some ping pong at Nick’s frat-house-style apartment, then caught the Manning vs. Manning action just because it was on. Have you ever watched football at a Thai sports bar? It seemed like a very uniquely San Francisco thing to do. Round it out with a visit from Charlie Cheever, and it was a good break for the weekend after all.

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