On a more encouraging note...here is a taste of my spontaneous trip to SF last weekend to move up my mattress.
John Muir National Redwood Forest.
Napa Wine Tasting
First Stop: Domaine Carneros
The two glasses to the side were the first of many free glasses to come, needless to say, we ended up staying at this winery the whole afternoon.
Yes, more free wine please!
A word of advice for those interested in Napa; while the weather might not be as nice during the winter, you have a lot less tourists to compete with for tasting at the wineries. This, for us, lead to great service and conversation and tons of free wine!! Our server even told us that had this been the busy season he probably would have set down our tasting set and left and that would be it...as opposed to the hours he spent educating and talking with us. He even showed us the coolest trick--we equated with magic. He poured the same bottle of wine into 4 different shaped glasses, swirled them around for a bit, and then let us try them. All four tasted like a completely different wine!!! So it turns out all the fuss over wine glass shape is a real thing!