This small vineyard tasting room made us feel like we’d been invited to join Perry and Della for a glass of wine on their patio. The tasting at the Raymond Burr winery is complimentary (kind of a rare thing as near as we can tell), and the gentleman who served us says that Della (Barbara Hale) still comes up for special occasions because “she’s family”. We sat in the shade at one of the handful of picnic tables, me painting, Griff working, as we listened to an odd mix of hummingbird buzzes, roosters crowing, a mockingbird, and 1980′s pop music from inside the tasting room.
We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect temperature (mid-70′s) or a more relaxing setting. As you can see from the photo, I took the liberty of eliminating the big conifer and the brussels sprouts plants from my painting! As I began to paint the big mountain (almost visible in the left of the photo, possibly Alexander Mountain but no one seemed really sure,) I gasped – the silhouette is almost identical to Mary’s Peak in Oregon! A closer look revealed that the second hump is actually another mountain behind the first one. Still, for a minute there I thought I had so imprinted that outline on my brain that I was no longer capable of doing an accurate mountain!
Lots more vine and vineyards paintings in the works, but here is a sketch of an unexpected view at the Castella di Amoroso vineyards in Calistoga: