Poets and Writers of Chess.com

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  • Formed: Jun 17, 2008
  • I've noticed that there are tons of people on chess.com who are also quite keen on poetry and writing - this is a group for anyone interested in sharing/critiquing their poetry, lyrics or any type of writing. I figure it's overdue that we have a place to congregate! -Rael (June, 2008)

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    by JamieDelarosa 5 days ago

  • Did the same picnic with my first wife 31 years ago. The store was ancient even then. Glad that you enjoyed my old stomping grounds. Peace.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

  • As I recall, we got lunch one day at an ancient general store near the Dry Creek Winery. We picnicked before our next stop. It was late October, and the area was lovely.

    by JamieDelarosa 5 days ago

  • Simply driving through the Dry Creek back roads is a pleasure (don't try it on a rainy winter though, the river can flood out some of them). Stopping at boutique wineries, with excellent Pinot's & Sauvignon Blanks, & bringing a picnic basket... A lovely day or two can be had.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

  • We spent the other half of our trip based in Glen Ellen. I very much enjoyed the Dry Creek area.

    by JamieDelarosa 5 days ago

  • Cross between beautiful, and terrifying trip up the hill to the winery, on that narrow, narrow driveway, with few turnouts, not knowing what farm or delivery equipment may be right around the next curve. Fantastic sparkling wines, nice folk, lovely setting.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

  • We spent part of our 30th anniversary trip in Calistoga, a couple of years ago. My favorite winery was Schramsberg.

    by JamieDelarosa 5 days ago

  • FWIW, my father's mother's Scottish immigrant grandparents settled in Calistoga, and began producing wine in the early days of California's wine production. I didn't know this until about a decade ago. Small world. I live, by chance, only about 50 miles from there.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

  • The more modern vine pulling you mention were economically driven. Sad, but true, many grape growers in this region have barely been making ends meet for the last few years. Buyouts by much larger companies, wanting to put Napa or Sonoma labels on bottles, have created a new era of sacrifice on vines that produced little, but much nostalgia among many of us.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

  • Napa-Sonoma had quite a problem with rootstock destruction due to an invasive insect: phylloxera. Whole vineyards had to be sacrificed to save the broader region's crops. Sadly, some were the smaller, old vine plantings... I know a bit about it; have been in the wine industry in Sonoma, CA, for over 25 years.

    by byronnottingham 5 days ago

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