If you recall from my last post, I was wrapping up my visit with Dylan at Pine Ridge. After sampling some amazing wine, I headed off on the next leg of the journey.
By now it was nearing 4:30-5pm and I was finished with official business for the day. I hopped in the pickup and continued north crossing over to 29 via Yountville Cross Rd, then hanging a right on St. Helena Hwy. I traveled through St. Helena, arm hanging out the window and making sure I got a good look at every winery and vineyard I pass by until I reached Calistoga.
This was where traffic was backing up. I made a pit stop for some fuel, hung a left on Petrified Forest Rd and later split off on Porter Creek. I am SO GLAD I did! The geography and topography along Porter Creek was amazing. What a view chillin’ and cruising in the pickup!
I decided it was time to find a place to eat and since I was nearing Healdsburg I took Old Redwood Hwy through Windsor and into Healdsburg proper. I am not just a wino; I love craft beer as well. So I set my sights (and stomach) on Bear Republic Brewery for some Racer 5 right from the tap, however, they wouldn’t let me behind the bar… It paired well with the Jalepeno Tower Burger (a burger with jalepeno poppers and onion rings!). It was sooo good.
Racer 5 American IPA, 7 ABV
Hop Rod Rye IPA, 8 ABV
I had two great beers, an amazing burger and a chance to sit, relax and reflect on the amazing day I just had. Not a bad way to wind down; I think I sat at bear Republic for nearly 2 hours, walked around town for a few minutes then made my way to the pickup to head back to Gracianna on Westside Road (the Amadors invited me to use this awesome apartment above their tasting room while Trini’s dad was out of town).
Upon returning I checked some email and because it was too late to call home to PA, I decided to call it a day. Man, what an awesome day.