May 5, 2012
It took me a surprisingly long time after moving to the area to learn what di Rosa was, despite always noticing it along the highway, thanks to the cut-out sheep placed on the hill side. Once I had learned what it was, it took me even longer to finally make it there, due to the limited times it is open without a reservation. So when I finally saw at least part of what it has to offer, I was astonished! All this wonderful art, and the beautiful estate, and the peacocks wandering around! It was hard to fathom why busloads of tourists weren't continually unloading to visit the premiere destination in Northern California wine country. For my birthday later in the year we made reservations and took along a bunch of visiting friends from Sacramento. None had heard of di Rosa before, but all left impressed. Information about the place is surprisingly hard to come by--despite having checked information online, I didn't know on the first visit what the free portion consisted of, or what comprised the paid tour. And the limited hours mean that I haven't taken many visitors there that I think would really enjoy it. But it is an extraordinary resource for the area that I hope to make great use of over the coming years.
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