The U.S 1 and U.S. 128 are among the most beautiful roads I’ve traveled. As much as I remain in love with la bestia, though, I wish I had a roadster–rather than a three-ton lifted truck–for this stretch of the trip.
This nondescript gate north of St. Helena is the entrance to a special vineyard: the Esser estate. The winery and shop are now located farther south in Monterey, but I ran into the caretaker (who hails from Michoacán) and we had a good chat.
Today we’re enjoying a peek into the public lives of the top one percent populating this valley’s manicured towns. We’ll be off to San Rafael tonight to meet up with my grad school friend Josh and his wife Aura.