Friday, October 21, 2011

Bulldog Meetup - Oct 15

Another monthly bulldog meetup at Crissy Field. Roland didn't hesitate this time, he ran right in and joined the action. And the photographer present started snapping pictures the minute his toes touched sand. I hope she puts them up on the Meetup page, I'd love to see what she captured. Anyway, here are my amateur shots. I can't help but think Baywatch when I see the one up above there.

Making new friends
Checking out the sailboats
Getting photo bombed
Playing with friends from past meetups

That is Belle on the left

I think Rollie's in love

 Here are some examples of why I love bulldogs. With looks these good, how can you not?

They're short and stout

With huge personalities

And looking at wrinkles like these everyday is a real ego boost

This guy is just too cute - looks ancient, but I don't know how old he is
Roland is getting better at keeping track of us and checking in. Especially when he figures out our pockets are never-ending treat fountains.

That's the Palace of Fine Arts in the background
Always take a moment to enjoy the view!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bent Creek Winery

It was a beautiful day for some wine tasting. My neighbor invited me to visit Bent Creek Winery this afternoon, "... nestled in the rolling hills southeast of Livermore." It was a very nice, relaxing winery with a small tasting room, two patios, and a small grassy area with tables.

They make reds, whites, and ports with local grapes. The vineyards all around the tasting area were sirah grapes. We especially enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Red on Red, Petite Sirah, and Petite Port.

They do not provide tours, but visitors are welcome to wander around as they like. And dogs are welcome too, so Roland will have to accompany us next time. There is a winery cat too. She's a cutie.

We explored a bit, walking among the grape vines. There's a gazebo, and we came across this large stone building.

I don't know what its used for, but I think it would make a lovely tasting room should they want to expand.

There's even a rustic windmill on the side.

The grapes were heavy on the vines too. Harvest time must be coming soon, and what a big job that has to be.

Tasting is free, and they have eleven wines to try. And I love that it is so close to home. I haven't visited the Livermore wineries until now, and I definitely want to see what else is there. Beats the two hour drive to the Napa and Healdsburg areas!