The Spirit of Northern California


Armed with nothing but a taste for adventure, we struck out on the road from dreary, cold, sweaty, and beautiful (depending on the time of year) Minnesota, moving to Folsom, California in 2018.

Rachel (the wife) and I (Pat Krane) have loved Northern California ever since we first came out in 2010, and we’ve been exploring it ever since.

I’m writing this blog as a chance to not only journal some of the amazing wine, beer, and brew from around the area, but to discuss our adventures in some pretty cool (and diverse) places around our new home state. I hope you enjoy it, and feedback is always appreciated!

Please note: These are my personal experiences, and I am exploring a still foreign land. Leave your expectations at the door and let’s have some fun!

Tasting notes: I’m terrible at them, really. But we both know what we like! As a couple, we drift towards red wines like Pinot Noir and Syrah, IPAs and lagers for beer, and bourbon is usually a good call for a night cap. But don’t worry. We’re not so hooked into our own thing that we can’t appreciate everything else. We are adventurers.