Saturday was all about getting the hot tub up and running. It was ready to use Saturday night, but it had way too much chlorine – so much so it bleached Tori’s bikini. I smartly opted to wait until Sunday morning before sinking into the tub. It wasn’t as hot as I’d like at 96 degrees, but still comfortable and my bikini didn’t bleach.
We are really enjoying the old gal, even if she is temperamental and has a leak.
Davero is not your typical winery. They offer much more than wine. Most notably, they make their own olive oils from olive trees grown from clippings of an 800 year old olive trees the owner had transported from Italy in 1988.
The tasting is unlike any other I’ve had. In between tasting wines, we tasted three different olive oils, we also tried their balsamic vinegar, and six different flavors of jam.
Since we are currently up to our eyeballs in oils and vinegars, we passed buying any. But we did select a jar of blackberry jam and a jar of plum. The plum is my favorite.
Aren’t the striped labels darling? I am making a boule of no-knead bread as I type this – can’t wait to slather it with some plum jam.
I also bought a tin of hand balm made with olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter. It’s scented with lemongrass essential oil and makes my hands feel very soft and supple.
They also sell tapers, soaps and room spray – all handmade by local artisans using flowers, herbs and other materials from the DaVero property.
Oh, and we purchased some wine while we were there, too.
|The rosato is perfect for warm days,
which we will be having all week.
We picked up a new wine cap to help keep leftover wine from spoiling. We are reformed bottle finishers now, so this cap will come in very handy.
After we tasted and tried and sipped, we took Coco and Daisy for a walk around the property.
Bill and I would love to do something like this with our backyard.
The property has loads of tomato plants, some artichokes,
and rows and rows of bonsai trees and olive starts contained in green houses.
Look at these bonsai pomegranate trees with tiny fruit on them.
DaVero is my new favorite winery. I can’t wait to visit again soon. Who wants to go with me?
When we left DaVero, we had the choice of going home or going for a drive. Sometimes it’s fun to see where the car goes.
We soon found ourselves on an unfamiliar road peppered with vineyards and farms. When we crested a hill, we came upon a group of people on the side of the road with walky talkies and a big tripod. I guessed they were shooting a commercial. We drove passed the group a few more yards and off to the side of the road was a man in a restored cherry red Bronco without a top. And who was sitting inside but Ben of The Bachelor!
|Ben Flajnik of The Bachlorette and The Bachelor|
Bill pulled over, rolled down the window and we had a chat with him as if we’d known him for years. What a kind and approachable young man he is. And much better looking in person. He has a great smile. Ben told us he was on his way to the very first rose ceremony. What a fun life he leads!
My friend Susan met him last week in Sonoma where they were also filming. Susan smartly got a photo with him, something I regret not doing myself.
|He was in some kind of Robin Hood costume that day.|
We were homeward bound after meeting Ben as it was getting late in the afternoon and somewhat time consuming homemade pizza was on the menu for dinner. We used this recipe for the crust as I wanted to use up some of my Caputo tipo 00 flour. We made a vegetarian….
and an Italian meat favorite for Bill (and me) of prosciutto and salami.
Then we tried to take a hot tub but this time the hot tub was too hot at 112. Ouch! We’ll get it right one of these days 🙂