Thursday, October 15, 2009

California Wine Country ... Harvest Vignettes

Darioush Winery ... soon to appear on Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel

Napa Valley
Rainy season arrives ... a bit early for the grape harvest.

Opus One Winery (above and below)

Prickly Pear (Opuntia) with its colorful fall fruit.


  1. Hello Alice,

    I enjoyed your pictures, especially of the cloudy California sky.

  2. Wow, that Pumpkin is huge!!!

    We are not a fan of pumpkins over here in the UK, and generally you're lucky if you get one much over 30cm! ha ha ha. No, they're not very good for carving...

  3. I count my lucky stars each time I take the short drive over to Napa, Sonoma, the City or the beach.
    We really live in a wonderfully centrally located place with so many wonderful things to experience.

    Thanks for the tour.

  4. Hi Alice - great pictures of all the wineries - do you go on a wine tasting tour at this time of year?
    I also live in a great wine making area, too bad I quit drinking!
    Thanks for visiting Blue Fox Garden, and Drought Smart Plants, which by the way has grown exponentially in the past few days - you'll be impressed when you visit again!

  5. Hi Alice,

    I love the landscape with the mountains in the background ... Napa Valley ... beautiful! The Prickly Pear is quiet something too. Carol

  6. Loved the tour of the wine country. So many beautiful shots and moods of autumn.

  7. Very nice digs to visit! I am particularly fond of the white grass. It is quite striking. Can you tell me what it is?

  8. Alice girl ! I some how never pictured a pumpkin in that area for some reason .. just wine from the vineyards ? LOL .. and that was a whopper of a pumpkin !
    I so wished that I had the advantage of a digital camera when we lived in Holland .. we traveled and saw so many beautiful sites and the sad thing is I have very few pictures .. certainly not the great digital ones you can have now.
    Nor during the time we lived on Vancouver Island .. drats !! haha
    You have a wonderful blog here girl !
    Joy : )

  9. The scenery here is very beautiful. I like the flowering prickly pear cactus.

  10. Good morning Alice,
    Great pictures. I like how white and 'clean' the plume on the grass (is it a Pampas in a container?) so pretty. How clever to use the big pumpkin as an entry decoration.

  11. Oh fab! That is diffenatley something I need to do in my lifetime - visit some vineyards. Funnily enough we don't have any in N. Ireland. God I love wine, uummmmmmmm. Great photos xx
    Thanks again for the e-mail.

  12. Oh, love that prickly pear plant and the huge pumpkin! What great photos for this time of year.

  13. Hello all,

    Michele, I feel exactly the same way about living here. I wake up every day and feel awed by the area's beauty.

    To my U.K. friends, there are pumpkins weighing in at 1000 pounds, if you can believe it! It's a gardening 'niche' that surfaces as this time of year in U.S. contests - one-ton pumpkins appearing on the nightly news!

    LeSan, the grass is Pampas Grass - you'll see more of it when DARIOUSH is featured soon on Bay Area Tendrils.

    The sun is shining today. The landscape will have a chance to dry out a bit. Cheers! Alice

  14. Ah, now I see what's going on with the Opuntia. I love the way that certain fruits are as decorative as flowers.