Beth and I had been getting by really nicely with public transportation since landing in San Francisco, but on Friday we rented a little, red Ford Focus to get us to Wine Country. Our only sure destination was Cornerstone Gardens. Each garden plot at Cornerstone Gardens was designed by a different landscape architect or designer. There were whimsical gardens, like the field of hundreds of plastic, flower pinwheels blowing in the wind. Political gardens, like the garden reflecting immigrant workers tending crops in the fields. Sophisticated gardens, reflective gardens, gardens for sitting, gardens for climbing. Each unique and beautiful.
Within the Cornerstone complex we also found a gift shop, garden shop, cafe, gallery, salvage shop, and wine tasting. We did a tasting at Artesa and each walked away with a bottle of 2006 Albariño. After grabbing some lunch we head out to check out some wineries in Sonoma. It was late and wineries were starting to close, but we managed one more tasting at a winery owned by the manager of the Doobie Brothers. Photos and memorabilia of the band were all over the tasting room at B.R. Cohn. They even had a Doobie Brothers red for tasting. By this time my allergies were full blown (thanks to one particular grassy plot at Cornerstone), so I kept my sampling to white only. (I am allergic to reds.) Beth took advantage of the generous pourer and sampled several wines, but none seemed worth the hassle of trying to get home on the plane. As we headed back to the city, we took advantage of the use of the car and hit the Marin Headlands for some spectacular bridge and city views.