Foppiano Vineyards is in Healdsburg California in Sonoma County. The property feels more like a grape farm than a vineyard. The home on the property is modest as is the tasting room. It is homey rather than pretentious. Foppiano’s is clearly and proudly a working farm. Along with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Foppiano also makes wine from America’s grapes. Their real show stopper is the Petite Sirah. Lot 96 has almond and vanilla wafting along with the red fruit and a clean finish. The Estate PS is dark fruit, chewy tannins, and chocolate. It is heavy and meaty. Though finicky in humid climates, here in Sonoma Petite Sirah has proven to be a spirited grape that makes big-flavored wine.
My Mother was laughing when I spoke to her on the phone. It was good to hear her laugh after the stress that she’d been through. “They put him in a straight jacket!” She was talking about my Dad. He was recovering from bypass surgery, still hooked up to wires and tubes. He was supposed to be resting and deep breathing, but instead he decided he wanted to get up. Of course, they had told him not to, not without help, and not until he was unplugged. But they weren’t in the room, so, I guess he thought it would be okay. In his noble attempt, he got tangled in his tubes and wires and had to press for the nurse. She got him back into bed, and, realizing this one was going to be trouble, she put him in a garment that keeps him a little less mobile.
There was some pride in my Mother’s laughter. My Dad is very spirited. It is his indomitable spirit that got him through the bypass surgery. His spirit makes him a great patient for difficult surgeries, but a terrible patient for the nurses.