Where a Corkscrew Is The Most Important Piece of Camping Equipment

Tent view
No bears here.


We’re back from our weekend car camping excursion at Calaveras Big Trees State Park outside of Arnold, California, and we survived the experience. No creepy crawlies in the tent, no lost hikers, and no bears rooting through our food. We and our friends had a great time catching up, watching the kids playing with each other, eating great food and drinking some fine wines. The “find wine” was Stevenot Winery’s Persuasion which paired nicely with some prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe and manchego cheese and crackers. The kids enjoyed a wilderness program run by the park rangers and a hike to see some of the big trees the park features, while some of us took a shorter loop around the campground. Later we all caravanned to soak up some sun and take a refreshing dip in White Pine Lake before heading back to camp for a delightful Mediterranean dinner featuring perfectly grilled lamb kabobs.

With all the great food, wine, and company on offer, our weekend in the woods was less like Man vs. Wild and more like Top Chef, which is more my style. Unfortunately, we had to cut our gourmet weekend short and break camp early to skip back home and rest up for a wedding we’d be attending the next day. As we wound our way back down the foothills and made our way across the Central Valley, Trish and I vowed to try and make this trip at an annual event. In fact, we may even take a hike beyond the asphalt of the campground.

More on the 2006 Persuasion:


Comments: Aromas of orange blossom, fleshy mango and passion fruit are vivid and bright, with a beguiling minerality and spiciness. On the palate, ripe citrus and pineapple notes combine rich and lively fruit with a creamy vanilla core. The finish is long and seamless, showing excellent acid balance and abundant flavor.

Food Pairing: This wine makes a great aperitif for a warm summer evening and can also be enjoyed with all manner of fish, white meat or any spicy cuisine.


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