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Image Image After Christmas my wife and I took off for the wine country in Northern California. I went in search of great zinfandels in the Dry Creek Wine Region about and hour an a half north of San Francisco. We spent 3 nights in the town of Healdsburg immediately adjacent to the Dry Creek area. The area is very impressive even this time of the year. Healdsburg is not too distant from the ocean and has a variety of eateries to accommodate everyone's budget. We visited 3 wineries the first day and lo and behold I found out what I was looking for. The Ferrari-Carano winery makes a great zinfandel in batches that are difficult to find in commercial establishments. You find some of their other wines on store shelves but not the zinfandels.

My other goal was to visit the Dry Creek Winery which is another gem whose zinfandels are easier to find and is also on my list of favorites. They offer different qualities at affordable prices and then there are those that are out of my price range.

And of course from Healdsburg we drove to Napa Valley which is better known for its wines since it is a bigger area and produces a lot of known labels that are easy to recognize and available. Napa has transformed into quite a commercial tourist area which I found to be overpriced in everything from hotels, food to recreation activities.

After the short but highly interesting and productive vacation, it was time to head home and relax. There really is no place like home.