St. Helena, California
March 12, 2013


The late Huell Howser was a popular television personality who had a series called “California Gold.” He featured interesting venues in California and always closed his show with the song “California Here I Come.” Here is my attempt to carry on his legacy.

Well, hello everyone. This is Huell Howser, Jr. with another webcast of “California Gold”.

We are traveling in the famous Napa-Sonoma wine country in Northern California. This place is amaaaaazing.

Today, I decided to sample the less-visited wineries along the Silverado Trail in the foothills of Napa Valley. I started with the favorite winery of my family-Rombauer. I ordered a Chardonnay for my daughter, Lisa, who manages my website. I also ordered 3 Zinfandels. My son-in-law, Jeff, who is married to Lisa, once told me he won’t drink Zin, which is a lower class wine. Jeff is the finest Italian chef west of the Vatican. Jeff, I am sure you can put together an Italian feast that will enhance these Zins.

I stopped at several other wineries and ordered wines. Here is a photo of the Hill Wine Company winery:


Tomorrow, I will be visiting friends in the region and will then press on to our next California Gold destination.

California here I come
Right back where I started from
Where bowers of flowers bloom in the spring
Each morning, at dawning, birdies sing, and everything
A sun-kissed miss says “don’t be late”
That’s why I can hardly wait
Open up that Golden Gate
California here I come