Saturday, February 4, 2017
Our skipper, Shannon Essa* had arranged for our group of 50-70 slowtraveler friends (from all over the U.S. and Canada) to enjoy wine tastings at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. The Wine Ghetto located in the heart of the city of Lompoc. The Wine Ghetto has 20 boutique tasting rooms to choose from. Our wine tastings hours were from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here's a little peek at our super fun day at the Wine Ghetto.
"Flying Goat" Tasting Room photo by Kathy Colobong
Mike, Roz, (Napa), Ruth (NoCal) photo by Wendy & Rob
Marcia and David by Wendy
Mike and Greg
Eden, Kathy (NoCal) Freda (North Carolina) photo by Kathy Colobong
Irene (Missouri) and Mindy(Boston) photo by Wendy & Rob
Andrew( St. Joseph, Missouri) ,Marta (Washington) and Kathy (South Bay California) photo by Wendy and Rob
Rose, Gay, Cheri, Lou photo by Wendy
Lovely Irene and Barb
Scott and Cindy (Alaska) photo by Wendy and Rob
Ed, Rob and Mike, the California connection
Mindy (Boston), Sharon (NoCal) Colleen (Boston)
Chris and Tracy (SoCal) photo by Wendy
Rob and Wendy
Paul and Jerry (the boys from Canada)
Sandi (our Georgia peach) and Barb photo by Wendy
B.J., Alan (New Mexico) , Tery (SoCal)
Kathy and Simon by way of Australia (SoCal)
Wendy (Monterey), Jerry, Paul (Canada), Sandi (Georgia), Marcia (Sacramento) photo by Rob
Food was available on site with Filipino and Asian fusion dishes from the food truck: Island Mixs.
Photo by Mindy
Photo by Wendy
Wendy as seen through the eyes of Rob
Keith and Beth (So Cal)
Photo by Roz
Photo by Kathy Colobong
Jen from Missouri photo by Wendy
Marcia and Deborah photo by Wendy
"Shannon and Marta" Photo by Kathy Colobong
Sharon and Ed by Wendy
Cheers! photos by Rob (there he is in the mirror reflection!)
Mindy holding Pokey and Chris
Tasting rooms included were: Montemar, Palmina, Holus Bolus, Millennial Wines, Tast of Sta. Rita Hills & Moretti, JCR Vineyards, Flying Goat Cellers, Ampelos Cellars, Stolpman, , Pali wines, Artisan Uprising and La Montagne Winery. So many wines, so little time. Of course everyone wandered and tasted freely and with such a large group we were instructed to split up and move about as we wished.
A special massive thank you to Shannon Essa, who organized our wine ghetto tour and the whole Slowbowl weekend. She is beyond wonderful. THANK YOU SHANNON!
*Shannon Essa is founder and leader of Grape Hops tours. See her website for more information about exciting tours she leads throughout Europe. I highly recommend her tours. She is simply the best tour guide. http://grapehops.com/about-shannon/
Many thanks to fellow slowtravelers who shared their great photos with me for this and other weekend slowbowl posts. I tried to credit everyone but if I missed some of your photos forgive me. Thank you for your gracious permission to post your pictures.