The above picture of the Beringer Winery's Rhine House is typical of the Napa Valley and its beauty. Beringer is the oldest continually operating active winery in the valley - I think - and they do have some very fine selections onsite, some special selection of Cabernet Sauvignon running about $750 per bottle. But, the Lady F and I are in Napa so often caring for her mother's needs that we very seldom go out to the wineries, for it tends to be an expensive experience.
Then family comes into town from out of state and it becomes worth it. The shared experience is better than the wine! If you look at the left side of the house, that is where the following discussion of life was taking place:
You can tell by the animation that the conversation was lively and amenable - and it was for the entire weekend. Many are the events in extended family and the relatives were from Salt Lake City, Utah, so a lot of catching up and learning about family was had. The lady above with the Lady F is a cousin we had not even met before this trip and she was with another inlaw that we have known for many years.
Let us just say that everyone has not had the easiest life, but that a lot of knowledge and support has been shared between good hearts. I can't think of a more worthwhile way to spend a weekend.
And we are heading home with two very nice bottles of Cabernet with a mild blend of Petite something that sounded kind of like Petite Fredo, but perhaps is Petite Verdot (you know an American and his understanding of foreign words, so I apologize). Life is very busy, but it is very good.