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VJB Cellars

“It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination.”

The Napa Valley has always evoked a Twilight Zone sense of feeling to me. As soon as I exit right off Interstate 80 and onto Highway 12, I turn the bend around the first foothill and embark into the mysterious region where I immediately begin to lose the tension in my shoulders and my deep breaths end with a smile. I’m fortunate to live near one of the most prominent wine regions in the world. Only 83 miles from Downtown Sacramento, my family and I set out to meet my brother Brandon and his friend Christian at VJB Cellars. On an absolutely picturesque 65-degree day in late March, we were blessed with a slight breeze and a gentle sun. It was the perfect day to be out wine tasting.

Best East Coast Style Pizza in Sacramento

“Why did you only order a medium? What about left overs?” I thought to myself as I inhaled the mouth-watering visual in front of me. If you’ve never had an east coast style slice of pizza, then you have no idea what you’re missing. Are you willing to opt out of a thin-crust, leafy green, fancy-schmancy pizza? Give Celestino’s in Rocklin a try. Your arteries may not be pleased with you afterwards but it’s a small sacrifice for a wee bit of indulgence. Everything in moderation 😉

Preserve at Winters

One of my favorite pastimes is going on a spontaneous road trip. Since my son has been born, those trips have been far and few between. On a late Saturday afternoon in December, my family and I hopped in the car and went for a drive. Typically my weekends are spent catching up on chores, be it washing laundry or cleaning our home. It felt good to be out in the fresh air and admiring familiar but new scenery. Our destination was towards the coast but we found ourselves discovering new roads together and decided to head north instead.