Monday, June 22, 2009

Reflections after a weekend in Sonoma

- Sonoma is a terrific place to visit. I mean, the whole culture revolves around good food and good wine. What's not to like?

- Sonoma hosts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Infineon Raceway--it's one of two road course events during the NASCAR season. That, combined with the setting, makes this a very non-NASCAR-like event.

- Favorite wineries visited: Del Dotto, Napa--what terrific Cabernets! And, Vine Cliff winery--not so much for the wine but for the spectacular lunch and view.

- They're everywhere--we spotted a "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" t-shirted kid in one of the restaurants we visited in Sonoma and chatted with him and his father. This California high-school junior has the University of Kansas as his favorite probable college.

- It was great to see The King, Richard Petty, back in the winner's circle after the Sonoma race. Richard Petty Motorsports fielded the winning team (Kasey Kahne) and had three entries in the top ten finishers.

- The U.S. Open was a disappointment due to the weather--Bethpage Black was not its usual unforgiving self due to the heavy rains.

- A belated Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

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