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Fri Oct-15 Balloons, Opus One Winery, Redd, San Francisco, Stanyan Park Hotel, Indigo
Ben got up at dawn to take a walk and captured some nice photos of hot air balloons and sunrise in Yountville, and then we walked over to Bouchon Bakery for a light breakfast.

We checked out of our hotel and then drove to Opus One Winery in time for our 10:00 a.m. tour and tasting. The winery is beautiful, and the new grape handling system -- including a destemer that separates each grape from the stem and a machine that optical identifies the undesireable grapes (too ripe or not ripe enough) and discards them with a puff of air -- is magical. The wines are good, but perhaps not the quality they used to be, but they remain pricey. :-)

After our tour, we had lunch at Redd in Yountville and then drove back over a fog-enshrouded Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco.

We checked into the Stanyan Park Hotel and Ben went for a walk (up and down hills) with his friend Grant.

Then it was time for dinner at Indigo with Ben's friends Adam and Tonia.

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