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Saturday, September 02, 2006
San Francisco is a pretty awesome place. California, for that matter, is a pretty awesome place. Cool weather. Clean air. It was so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors... that is probably what I enjoyed the most.

Of course, the real reason I was there was for a wedding for one of my college buddies, Mike. Mike and Mindy had a beautiful wedding in Sausalito, California in a church on the side of the mountain. The reception was amazing. It was on the water and they had some amazing food. Also, the rehearsal dinner the night before was amazing as well.

Christian, Neo, and I want to congratulate Mike and Mindy on their new life together. We will keep them in our prayers.

After the wedding, I got to tour a bit of the area with some of my college buddies. We went to a comedy club one night which was pretty fun and saw Patton Oswalt (the geeky guy "Spence" on King of Queens). We also visited Alcatraz, went to the Muir Woods (home of the tallest trees in the world), went to the top of Mt. Tamalpais (which was on top of the clouds) and took a wine tour at the Benziger Winery in Sonoma Valley (which is next to Napa Valley).

I didn't get many souveniers, but the one nice thing I got was two bottles of wine for Vince and Amy. I don't remember exactly what they were, but one was a Reserve Chardonnay, and the other was an estate wine (a blend). The estate wine (also known as "single vineyard") means it is made solely from grapes on the Benziger estate and none of the other grapes from other farms are used. There is very limited production of this obviously, so it is only available to people on the tour and to people in their wine club... it is not usually available in stores. The chardonnay is a reserve wine, which is also very low distribution and hard to get. You can see some previous reserve wines and estate wines on their website here. Overall, I was very impressed with the company, the family, and the wine. If you haven't tried it, look for it the next time you are at the store. Vince and Amy - the wine should arrive when they feel the weather is cool enough that the shipping process won't diminish the wine due to heat, so I would expect it in the next month or two. Enjoy it and let me know how you like it!

Congratulations again to Mike and Mindy for a beautiful wedding and their new family.

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