We’re on our way to San Francisco.
It wasn’t on the itinerary, but that’s what makes it even more fun.
People are on the bus calling for wine.
There’s talk of a leaky cup, but it could be that people are just draining them quickly.
The flight got in Oakland about noon. We loaded our bus and headed for the Doubletree Sonoma hotel, where people settled in. After the classic chocolate chip cookies they greeted you with, some of the vacationers quickly settled in. A group of people gathered on the patio enjoying the sunshine and cool breezes.
Paul Cataldo, because of his participation on the World Pizza Champions, got to know Tony Gemignani. When the Dining A La King tour happened in Italy, Tony and some of his cohorts came to our hotel to demonstrate dough twirling. I tried to shoot video, but shot it sideways so it never really turned out.
Here’s a better video showing what he can do.
Gemignani’s home base is San Franciso and when Paul figured out he would be this close, he made plans to go to Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. Turns out, as these things go, the entire group was game to go along so we’re on the bus to head to the restaurant.
Even if we don’t meet Tony, we’ll eat fabulous pizza, we’ll walk around San Francisco, and we’ll try not to remember that we got up more than 16 hours ago.
Some have been asking on social media today about what we’re doing here again, so here’s the rundown:
Thirty-two of us came to Sonoma to tour wine country. We’re planning to visit wineries here with Jay Fields, a wine rep from Indiana Wholesale Wine & Liquor in South Bend. Menno Travel Service helped us get here. And now we plan to enjoy some great food and some great wineries.
The blog posts in the coming days will talk about why grapes do so well here and how the landscape makes the wine taste. But for tonight, we’re going to the city to eat some amazing pizza.
I can hear some laughter in the back of the bus. I better go check on what’s going on.