Mettler Family Vineyards

A Generational Legacy

Mettler is One Gorgeous Winery! From the landscaped grounds to the beautiful tasting room to the great views.

Location:  7889 East Harney Lane, Lodi, CA.

Tasting Room Hours:  Open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Mettler is one of Lodi’s Oldest Farming Families – been growing wine grapes since the late 1800s. One of the very first families to introduce French clones to the Lodi region.

The Wines

A Tradition and a Passion for Making Wine – Excellence from Vineyards to Wine Production!

I love that Mettler lets the fruit come forward in their wines to create intense and well balanced wines. I wanted a bottle of each, but settled on taking one home with me.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Like a “Liquid Ruby” in the glass! The nose is aromatic with intense flavors and oh so good on my palate. A great balance of savory, sweet and spice.

Petite Sirah

This is SEXY in a glass with richness and beauty! A dark purple in the glass (hello! wine wipes) with aromas of chocolate, jam and spice. I could taste the blackberries and blueberries and oh so juicy.


The ‘Epicenter’ Old Vine Zinfandel!

A few words to describe this wine:

  • Epic!
  • Bold and Bright and Juicy
  • Complex Yet Balanced
  • Tasty Richness
  • Depth of Flavors
  • Savory and Sweet and Spice

Worth The Stop to Sip and Relax and Unwind!!!

Finding Yourself

In a Bit of a Pickle

Why can life not go according to plan? It just does and life is just not playing fair at times. I have a feeling that life would become pretty boring in a short amount of time though!

I either dig my heels in and stay put or embrace change in my life! I usually have that moment where I say to myself, “What now?”, “Why me?” and “How did this happen?”. I can either go into negative, “this sucks” mode or instead think good and positive thoughts!


Channeling Your “Inner Gallagher”

I think about channeling my “inner Gallagher” and doing some watermelon smashing! Especially when life gets a little messy and sticky. I wonder if Gallagher is into some chucking of fruits and veggies because it feels pretty good to launch things into the air too! Let’s hope when life throws you a curve ball you are not being thrown rotten tomatoes.

Pumpkin Chucking

Closing a Door, Opening a Window

Open the door and let the XYZ thing(s) I had plan fly right out the door! I will just open the window instead to let the possibilities and opportunities come in. Then close the door! Refrain from slamming the door though because you will eventually have to open it again and again.

You take the good, you take the bad,

You take them both and there you have

The Facts of Life.

Remember to Leave the Gate Open too

Asking for H-E-L-P

Remember to ask for help, guidance and support! I usually gain another perspective when I talk it out and bounce it off someone else. You have to be willing to ask though to receive the help you need.

Left or Right? (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember this too shall past and you will be on to greater things! You are enough as well as a SURVIVOR when it comes to living your life!

Is It Time to Move On/Make That Change? OR Ask For A Little Help? Take What Works Best For You and Let the Rest GO!!!

Beer Camp

My Very 1st

Beer Camp


Beautiful Program

Beer Camp Bus

Okay Everyone – Sing! B-Double E-R C-A-M-P, Beer Camp! Repeat!

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is GOING THERE! A 7-City Beer Festival Tour with more than 700 Breweries. What an Adventure, What a Journey! The Largest Craft Beer Celebration. Sierra Nevada is making history!

7 Cities

  1. Chico, CA – 7/19/14
  2. San Diego, CA – 7/20/14
  3. Denver, CO – 7/25/14
  4. Chicago, IL – 7/27/14
  5. Portland, ME – 8/1/14
  6. Philly, PA - 8/2/14
  7. Mills River, NC – 8/3/14

More than 100 regional breweries are pouring their beers at each City stop! How cool would it be to go to all 7 Cities! I can dream!

Beautiful Tasting Glass



Beer Camp Across America Variety 12-Pack

On Tap at every City Stop is the 12 different beers Sierra Nevada brewed with 12 different craft brewers!

  1. Tater Ridge, Scottish Ale – Asheville Brewers Alliance, Asheville, NC
  2. Myron’s Walk, Belgian-Style Pale Ale – Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME
  3. Canfusion, Rye Bock – Oskar Blues Brewery, Longmont, CO/Brevard, NC
  4. Yvan The Great, Belgian-Style Blonde – Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa, CA
  5. Maillard’s Odyssey, Imperial Dark Ale – Bell’s Brewery, Inc., Kalamazoo, MI
  6. Alt Route, Altbier – Victory Brewing Company, Dowingtown, PA
  7. Double Latte, Coffee Milk Stout – Ninkasi Brewing Company, Eugene, OR
  8. Yonder Bock, Tropical Maibock – Cigar City Brewing, LLC., Tampa, FL
  9. Electric Ray, India Pale Lager – Ballast Point Brewing Company, San Diego, CA
  10. Chico King, Pale Ale – 3 Floyds Brewing Company, Munster, IN
  11. Torpedo Pilsner, Hoppy Pilsner – Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA
  12. There and Back, English-Style Bitter – New Glarus Brewing Company, New Glarus, WI

Photo: Got Mine - SWEET :) :) :)
Cannot Wait To Taste Them All!!!

A Favorite

Photo: Favorite so far. Happy Weekend :)
A Favorite

Roll Out the Barrels

MarchFourth Marching Band (M4)

MarchFourth Marching Band – Check Out Their Website. From Portland, Oregon.

M4 was AWESOME & AMAZING – So Entertaining!!!! From the Marching Band Themed Costumes to the 5-piece Percussion Corps to the 6-part Brass section to Dancing to Stilt Walking.






Sierra Nevada’s New Brewery In North Carolina

I have been to their brewery in Chico, CA and would love to go one day and tour their new brewery in North Carolina!

Roll Out the Bottles (Photos by RSheridan)

Cannot Wait To Go To Camp Again!!!

Practice and Practice Some More

Building Strength, Mentally

My mental state takes a beating at times! I have to say most of it comes from myself. I set expectations and have my perceptions of myself, other people and in situations. I have to get out of my head and not be so willing to follow my crazy mind!

When I am under pressure I cannot focus mentally. When I am dealing with other people I either want to flee or fight, especially if there is drama, conflict and/or confrontation. When I am in a demanding situation I sometimes struggle when it comes to thinking clearly and concisely. I am just stretched to my limit or at least I THINK I am!

How do you strengthen your mental aptitude?

The biggest lesson I have learned from building strength mentally is to know myself! Also, it helps to know what is important to me. It matters to me in staying true to who I am! It gives me a sense of priority and purpose too.

I try to remain as calm and collected as possible. I try to put a smile and a positive spin on it too! Sometimes instead of envisioning the outcome I focus on the challenge at hand. This gives me a plan when figuring out what I want to do and where I want to go!

Basically, I ask myself 2 questions!

  1. What did I do well?
  2. What solutions are available to me to solve the problem at hand?

I remember the one manager I had a few years back. This manager did not want to hear problems unless you came with some solutions to those problems! This manager wanted you to change your thought process of a problem to focusing on thinking of solutions. I know it helped me in my thought processes as well as strengthing my mental aptitude!

This manager also helped me be more self motivated and to really trust myself and my abilities! This manager really challenged me mentally as well as motivated me mentally, emotionally and physically. I enjoyed that constructive feedback and that overall collaboration. I appreciated that building up instead of breaking me down!

This also holds me accountable to myself! If I take accountability I am way more likely to be successful. I really do not want to slack off, pass off or short myself. For me it is about doing the best that I can and knowing that I did it to the best of my abilities too! Otherwise I am not gaining, growing or learning in these situations because I am not following through to the end.

By growing and learning I am changing, improving and transitioning as a person and a better version of myself too! I strongly believe in learning and doing better when I make mistakes, have setbacks and experience failures. In building my mental strength I build my confidence too! This helps reduce the anxiety, pressure and stress. I have the ability to remain focused and hopefully find my patient, calm and collected self. The ultimate end result is being able to perform better by being able to think on my feet in order to take action!

(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s a Brain Teaser to Keep Your Mind Sharp – Can you think of a word associated with all three of these words: cottage, Swiss, cake? Go!

The Wheel of Life

Getting On, Getting Off Or Getting Stuck On It

I feel stuck on the wheel of life at times and while I got on I cannot seem to get off sometimes! I am so dizzy!

Did you ever stop to think,

and forget to start again? ~Winnie the Pooh

One BIG Wheel!

What about you?

I have days and weeks and sometimes even months where I feel on, off or plain stuck when it comes to certain aspects in living my life! I am learning that I have to find my own balance when it comes to myself and my needs. My professional life is stuck on idle lately and has been that way for a little too long! I know I have to rev it up and keep it moving forward though.

Starting the Day

How do you motivate yourself to jump start what is “stuck” in your life?

High Expectations

I tend to get stopped in my tracks when I set my expectations too high! I have to ask myself why I want something and then figure out how to go about getting it. This gives me the opportunity to listen to my needs and what I want in my life. Does this really matter to me or not?

The Next Thing Syndrome

I love getting jump started by thinking if I move on to the next thing and the next thing and the next thing I will get unstuck! All that really does for me is kick my frustration and impatience into high gear. Sometimes I take a break or at least a step back to take a new approach to seeing myself in my current situation! Sometimes that gives me the push I need to head in the right direction or at least gets me moving one foot in front of the other.

The Next and the next and the next OR Seeing the Beauty Instead

Gotta Love Procrastination

I love when procrastination sets in while being stuck! I try to motivate myself and even that backfires at times. This is especially true when it comes to a change or a transition in my life that I want no part in! I just dig myself deeper in, find the most comfortable position and wait it out. Someone hand me a rope or shovel, pretty please!

I also feel at times procrastination sets in because it just does not feel right to me to make a change or tranisiton in my life! I want to take the time to figure out the whys and why nots as well as weigh the pros and cons in making a change or transition in my life. Sometimes I do not want to make a change because I feel safe with the familiar and if it is not broke why fix it. Sometimes I do not want to make a change because it is not the right change to make at that time. Sometimes I make the change and end up on a path that I do not want to be on, but that is okay because I can change it again and again!

Learning to Coast Along . . .

Get Going, Stopped and Stuck Once Again

I love when I get myself going and barely get going before I am stopped and stuck again! It is like my mind and my body have the worst case of hiccups ever. I think it is my way of pausing and reflecting as well as looking at the directions to make sure I am going in the direction I want! I have to figure out what I need as I go along in order to head in the direction I want.

I really just have to figure out and find my own pace and balance when it comes to living my life! I also have to learn how to get on and off the “wheel of life” better and much smoother too!

Riding Along Or Not So Much (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Looking At Things Differently and Maybe Gaining A New Perspective When It Comes To Living Your Life!!!

Heritage Oak Winery

Tradition and History

Wine Tasting and Picnics

Outdoor Adventure and Birds

Heritage Oak Winery – Check Out Their Website.

Location:  10112 East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, CA.

Tasting Room Hours:  Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Beautiful Land

Check out the hiking trail to the secluded beach along the Mokelumne River to stretch the legs, wade in or enjoy a picnic. There is also a picnic area near the Tasting Room.

The Winery’s Birds

Birds and Birdhouses! Western bluebirds, tree swallows. Birds are good for the winery because they eat insects. Barn Owls and Larger Birdhouses! Sorry folks, but the barn owls are welcome because they only eat rodents.

The Winery’s Wildlife Sanctuary

Mule Deer and Coyote to Fox and Wild Turkey to Skunk and Raccoon. The river is home to beaver and otter.

The Wines

Sauvignon Blanc

Aromatic, Crisp and Refreshing! Love the Fruity Citrus.


Beautiful in the glass with a fragrant nose and lingering finish on the palate. Pears, lemon and honey.

Vino Tinto

The name alone is FUN to say! A great tasting red blend with Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Fruitiness sums up this wine.

Block 14 Zinfandel

Bright and Flavorful! Beautiful in the glass and one to take your time with and just sip.

Block 5 Old Vine Zinfandel

Beautiful and Intense and Great Tasting! Savory and Spice too. A full bodied wine great balance.

Petit Verdot

A blend of 75% Petit Verdot, 20% Petite Sirah and 5% Grenache. I love trying and tasting Grenache. Beautiful in the glass with an aromatic nose with fruitiness and subtle tannins. The mouth feel was soft and the palate was pleased!


I love trying and tasting Charbono – RARITY to see on a wine tasting list! Certainly need to sip and savor with food. The color in the glass is amazing and the taste is very pleasing on the palate too. Smooth, Bold and has Character.

So Many Wines To Try and Taste! I Will Need To Come Back!


For the Greater Good

I do not know about you, but there are times that the words schedules, routines, habits, and changes just has me gritting my teeth and bearing it with a smile upon my face!

Smiling . . .

Here is My Reasoning . . .

Point #1 – Why do I need to schedule my day? I really only want to do so much in one day and do I really need to add scheduling to it!

Point #2 – Why do I need to have a routine? I really only want to do what I feel like doing in one day and following a routine is not something I feel like doing!

Point #3 – Then you take that schedule and that routine and on top of the old habits you add new habits! Hopefully if you are lucky some of the new habits have replaced some of the old habits. Otherwise in a few years you will be kicking yourself while trying to break some of those habits once again!

Point #4 – I sense a vicious cycle to get involved in here people!

Do Not Get Me Wrong! I do want to be a better version of myself as well as change my life for the better too. For me the end goal is being able to make better choices that help me feel good about myself and the life I am living! I will always be a work in progress and I am okay with that.

There are benefits, rewards and payoffs with everything I do, especially when it comes to living the life I want! Sometimes this means having to switch up my schedule and my routine as well as creating new habits and making changes to improve for the better. I love when one improvement makes positive waves and touches multiple aspects in my life! Nothing better than being happy and healthy.

Any thoughts? Any suggestions?

I know I have to work to play, but sometimes I want to play before getting down to work!

Playing . . . Having Fun . . .

I struggle when it comes to finding my pace and my balance! I do not have the time to waste more of my time or my energy. I do not want to be sucked into a time warp! I prefer to be in the moment, focus on the task at hand and enjoy the process.

I am on the fence some days about being on autopilot! There are times where too much of being on a routine is not necessarily a good thing. There are times I am so on autopilot I have to stop, think and wonder did I just do that or how did I get here. Yes, it saves me time and energy, but I feel like I am missing something too!

I struggle when I cannot stop thinking about something I really want! That temptation kicks in and it is hard to resist. My crazy mind has me thinking if I get busy doing something else it will just go away. Yeah, good luck with that!

I like to think it comes down to self control, but how much control do I really have over my self control! I enjoy my creature comforts and sometimes it is easier to fall back on my habits too. I know I need to be more open and accepting of the process and not just stop when I do not like something or it gets tough! There are those beneficial changes and transitions that if you are open will have great payoffs.

The Present and The Positive

My Top Needs . . .

  • Living the life I do have!
  • Being more in the present moment.
  • Focusing on the positive.
  • Tapping into my willpower.
  • Becoming more self aware.

Soaking It In . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Living the Good Life and Going After What Matters and/or Is Important to You!!!


That is the Question

To me life is putting one foot in front of the other and setting off on an ADVENTURE of a LIFETIME!!!

  • To BE in the minute.
  • To BE in the present moment.
  • To BE on MY journey.

Going For One Wild Ride Of A Lifetime – Weeeee!!!

Making the Grade

Life happens and if anything it schools you! You gain life lessons and gain life experiences. You will grow, change, transition, and repeat! Life is nurturing and nourishing yourself, your needs and your whole being.

I think I have been schooled in boxing. I have the ability to get back up when knocked down. I am learning what to let go of and what is worth fighting for. I know when I need to take a stance and wait for it . . . I know when I need to smile and simply walk away.

I think I have been schooled in picking battles. I have the ability to pick and choose my battles, most of the time. I am learning what battles matter and what battles just do not. I know when I need to take a stand and wait for it . . . I know when I need to put my game face on and when to take it off.

Learning To Adapt

The BEST things to do are to pause, take a deep breathe, count to 10, and repeat!

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you will go.” ~Dr. Seuss

Learning to LIVE in the Present Moment

I am learning to not only live in the present moment, but to be more in the present moment and enjoy the process throughout that moment! I like to ask questions and be curious. I really want to know the Who, the What, the Why, and the How at times! I can drive myself mad as well as other people with this questioning. So . . . I am learning to jump in with both feet, go with the flow and just let it unfold!

The BEST thing is I can make decisions, choices and changes, which gives me the opportunity to be open to ALL experiences!

MY Journey

When I think about setting goals for myself I really look into my interests and passions as well as my wishes and dreams! I am the one who defines my success and how I contribute to my life and with other people. I enjoy life way more when I am having fun living it! If I just get one thing accomplished and done to the best of my abilities I am having a great day.

I need to be challenged and engaged on a daily basis or you will have one bad monkey on your hands if not! This includes my whole being too. I am a mover and shaker and enjoy being an active person! I am pretty lucky to have a body that lets me be active too.

I am a slow learner when it comes to change, especially seeing the changes I need to make in myself to become a better version of me! Sometimes the one thing you are looking for is already something you have – duh. I know myself better than anyone, so why not use that to my advantage to learn, change and grow!

The BEST thing is being true to myself and who I am!

Journeying Along (Photos by RSheridan)

The Great ESCAPE On My Journey

I have to ESCAPE to be a better version of me too! I have to stop the insanity and the crazy busyness and just get away from it ALL. Nothing better than becoming one with myself and finding my solace than being in the Great Outdoors! I also day dream throughout the day to keep my mental state of sound mind.

The BEST things are to take care of myself, treat myself, CELEBRATE, and repeat!

Please Share One of Your BEST Things, Love to Hear! Here’s To BEING More and Maybe DOING a Little Less!!!


Learning to Explore, Way MORE

Love this quote . . .

 It’s sort of a mental attitude

about critical thinking and curiosity.

It’s about mindset of looking

at the world in a playful

and curious and creative way. ~Adam Savage

I love being curious and creative and playful! I enjoy thinking and questioning and challenging. I enjoy learning and growing and gaining experiences. It comes down to being able to do something that you thought you could not do and that is pretty amazing!

Discovering . . . Exploring . . . Adventuring . . .

It is pretty amazing from the standpoint that the unreachable is reachable, the unattainable is attainable and the impossible is POSSIBLE! Pretty much all you have to do is start to be who you want to be and to get where you want to go. The hard part is putting in the work and not giving up along the way! So . . . be more and take smaller steps.

Taking It One Step At A Time

More than likely you are already pretty great! However, there is always room for improvement and that is where personal growth comes into play in becoming a better version of yourself. Tap into yourself and your passions. Get engaged fully in just about anything and everything you do!

Opening . . . Embracing . . . Loving . . . (Photos by RSheridan)

Remember to EXPRESS Your Whole Being and DO IT ALL THE TIME!!!

Harney Lane Winery

Family, Love, Laughter

Harney Lane Winery – Check Out Their Website.

Location:  9010 East Harney Lane, Lodi, CA.

Tasting Room Hours:  Open Thursday through Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tasting Fee:  $5 per person, which is waived with wine purchase.

Wine:Thirty is their Wine Club – love the name!

The Wines

Harney Lane is Hands On! All their fruit is handpicked, hand sorted, fermented in small lots, and then barrel aged.


Beautiful in the glass with a great nose. Citrus, pear and pineapple. Crisp and Refreshing.

Dry Rose

The color of the wine in the glass is like no hue I have seen before in a Rose and in a good way. I thought the nose bloomed as the wine warmed in the glass. Melon and Berry. Dry and Balanced with Fruity Sweetness.


This Chardonnay is a palate changer as well as a palate pleaser! Apple, pineapple, apricot with honeysuckle, butterscotch and caramel. I could really taste the apricot and caramel. Sweet with a little spice and very nice. I wanted to grab a bottle and enjoy the day.


Beautiful in the glass with jammy goodness. Heart the berries and cherries. Rich velvety finish and leaves your palate wanting another sip or two or three. Just leave the bottle.


I was excited to see Tempranillo on the Wine Tasting List. This Tempranillo would balance with Sweet Eats very nicely. It had my palate guessing and wanting more to figure it out. This Tempranillo will get better with age too.

Petite Sirah

Saved the BEST for last in my opinion. Like Dessert in a Bottle with layers of jamminess, cobbler and roasted coffee. Dark and beautiful in the glass with a great nose and pleasing the palate all the way through. This Petite Sirah would pair nicely with a variety of eats.

Here’s to Great Tasting Wines and Living a Life of Love and Laughter – Cheers!!!

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