Eastside Road, August 5, 2012—LUNCH TODAY: A PICNIC out at Preston Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley. We had a Mt. Tam cheese from Cowgirl, and a half pint of Lou's fine olives, and a loaf of his bread, and a bottle of his Madam Preston blend (a particular favorite of mine), and fruit galettes from Downtown Bakery; and lazed away an hour at a table under his sycamores, admiring the distant cats.
Then we stopped off at Dry Creek Peach and Produce for some fruit, and Gail invited us to stay for a Bellini and a tour of the orchard —- a beautiful orchard; I don't know when I've seen so healthy-looking a peach orchard. And the Bellini — crushed ripe ripe fruit, stirred up with a bottle of Prosecco, perfect for a summer afternoon.
Dinner down the hill: two whole chickens splayed on the Weber, roasted and semismoked over oak, and a bowl of beets, and Lindsey's potato salad, and a green salad.
Sauvignon blanc, Calloway, 2011 (neutral); red blend, "Guadargni," Preston of Dry Creek (serious and rich)