Sunday, June 10, 2012

Friends, Food and Wine; Living in Paradise

Happy sipper
view from the deck

     Nestled in a tiny hidden valley near the Monterey Bay, just outside of the equally tiny village of Aromas, CA, sits the rustic, charming River Run Winery. River Run bears no resemblance to those huge corporate wineries that the Napa Valley is known for. Bounded by organic strawberry fields, apple orchards, still verdant hills and a river, it is aptly named.  River Run produces a selection of handcrafted, award winning varietals. At the top of my "favorites" list is the late harvest Zinfandel. Other offerings include the Coté de Aromas, Viognier, Negrette, and Carignane.  Today those in attendance got to enjoy the weather California is famous for; warm sun and a taste of an ocean breeze experienced in a beautiful casual setting.

      Happy sippers can enjoy the serene view, visiting with friends, strolls in the garden and generous samples of River Run's offerings while also enjoying the delicious appetizers created by hostess Kristine and chef and President of Garlic Festival Foods, Caryl Simpson. ( JP, host and wine maker is there to discuss his wines one on one with interested oenophiles. Those fortunate enough to live in the area or planning a visit can be apprised of future events by signing up for mailings at or visit them on Facebook at

flowers and food

A river runs through it

Garli Glaze from

JP and wine sippers 

the "lineup"

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