Sonoma Overview

For family and friends who will be joining Judy and me for our 50th wedding anniversary at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood, CA June 4, I will be posting information about where to go, what to do, where to eat and where to stay in the area.  Much of this is already available on our anniversary … [Read more…]

Anderson Valley Getaway

One of the many great things about living in California is the opportunity to do “mini-vacs” to places like Tahoe or Yosemite or anywhere in wine country.  Having pretty much exhausted the well-worn road to Napa, we tend to push further north to places like the Anderson Valley between Alexander Valley and Mendocino. Wineries here … [Read more…]

Holiday in Sonoma

This past Saturday we traveled to Domaine Carneros, as we do every month, to pick up our allotment of pinot and sparkling wine. This time, however, we decided to make a day of it by attending a holiday show at the restored Sebastiani Theater on Sonoma Square. We had no idea what to expect. Would … [Read more…]

Ira and Sheila Visit Napa

A former colleague of mine from Temple paid a visit to the SF area with his wife Sheila and friends Ken and Susie. We prearranged a meeting in the Carneros area of Napa Valley. The fog broke just in time to enjoy a glorious Napa Day. The tour started at Domaine Carneros, moved to Acacia … [Read more…]

Visit to Getty

Getty from John DeAngelo on Vimeo. At the end of September we spent four wonderful days with the Ducas in Simi Valley.  In addition to visiting the Getty Museum and Getty Villa, we spent time at the lovely Reagan Library and made a road trip to Santa Barbara.  Here is a glimpse of the Getty … [Read more…]

Philly Comes to Napa

What a great day! David Kaiser and his bride Rachel spent their honeymoon in Napa this week and found time to hook up with me and Judy at a couple of our favorite wine country haunts.  Here Rachel and David pose for the camera while enjoying champagne and cheese at Domaine Carneros.

Christmas in California 2008

Christmas has way of reminding you of things like continuity … maybe because it is a fixed point that makes you reflect on Christmases past and present while allowing you a brief glimpse into the future. For example, the shot below of our grand children, nieces and nephews reminds us of a similar scene almost 30 … [Read more…]

Christmas in California

For the past decade or so, we have alternated Christmas celebrations on the East and West Coasts.  This year was an exception … a California Christmas was celebrated two years in a row.  And here is the reason why … ENZO … now a year and a half young.  I took many more photos than … [Read more…]

7 Days in California

In the middle of a very busy semester at Temple University, we decided to go West to see our grandboy, Enzo.  Of course we also wanted to see our daugter Adrienne and her partner Colleen, as well as Judy’s sister Karen and husband Chuck, but were anxious to see Enzo before he started walking.  He … [Read more…]

10 Days in Paradise

  We needed a break so Hawaii beckoned.  Judy and I spent 10 glorious days on the Big Island near Kona with her sister Karen and husband Chuck. We flew from Philadelphia to Phoenix to Kona …. over 12 hours in the air.  We usually travel to San Francisco, visit family then spend a few … [Read more…]