What we're about

We have renamed our meetup to reflect a more casual approach to wine & wine tasting & food pairing by adding additional & unique wine activities. Events include Wine Tours. Wine & Art Tours & the unique concept of Wine & Nature Adventure Outings. (Wine/Bike trips, Wine Kayak Outings, Foodie/Wine & Nature Outings.)


Occasionally we will invite vintners to offer their insights about their own experience in the wine industry while pouring their wines. And we invite wine drinkers to share in these discussions, treks, and tastings. Come join in the exploration.


TOM Bold aka: Koma Nahoa (Hawaiian Name)

Please note: Tom Merle is still our Wine Guru.

Upcoming events (4)


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This event has it all ! A Benefit for two great Non profits, A beautiful Art & Fine Craft Marketplace, Lots of delicious food of all kinds, A tasting with over 40 wineries & breweries, 3 Stages of Entertainment,Fun kids activities & more. There will be plenty of seating, so no need to bring chairs. Its held on Watt's ranch 16855 Bodega Hwy (12) in Bodega. Walking distance from the famous school & church from the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds". (Just before getting into town) Its only a few miles inland from the Spectacular Sonoma Coast. Free parking . A portion of the proceeds benefits Stewards of the Coast & redwoods parks, & the Bodega Volunteer Fire dept. I procured a group Meetup discount ticket rate of 11.00 p.p. or 20.00 at the gate. Kids under 12 are free. NOTE: I was thinking of meeting in the large Beer tent like last time. I'll have a MEETUP SIGN somewhere. The Beer & Wine tent was just inside on the right last time there. ***I think a good meet time will be between 12 Noon & 1 pm. Use the name: "Tom's Group" for Will Call tkts. **Must pay in advance or pay the 20.00 at the gate. Bring a jacket in case it gets cool . It was warm last year. Use paypal or Chase.com/zelle ; or let me know if you wish to pay me directly as I will have to give them a credit card. Plus have a name list for Will call tkts. Don't wait as the D.L. is on or about 8/22 for pre paying & the group rate. Indie Tom [masked][masked] A really nice event !

Beautiful upper Russian river kayak & canoe outing !

River's Edge Kayak & Canoe Trips

What we'll do Things are heating up & it's time to have a blast on the clear & pristine Russian river above Healdsburg. So let's enjoy the beauty & nature on the river. Many birds, Bald eagles, Herons, turtles, & fish in the deep pools in parts of the river. There will be places to jump off rocks & swim at beach pullouts & have a picnic. Dogs are allowed, but advise them ahead of time. Bring zip lock bags for things you don't want to get wet. They will supply gallon zip lock bags & and some dry bags, plus net garbage & wet bags for clothes. Also are some loanable coolers. Bring river shoes, tennis shoes or sandals(Flip flops not recommended) . Bathing suit, Sunscreen, sun glasses w/strap, hat, A Lunch, jacket, xtra change of clothes for our dinner option after. Bring some tie downs or bungee cords. We will have several different types of kayaks or canoes. Tandems are dbl. kayaks. *****************************NOTE: You must get there by 09:15 am. to get ready as we will be on a bus that takes us up river in the forest. Bus leaves at 09:30 am. ***IMPORTANT ! : When you reserve online or call; you must pay them then. No reservations w/out pymt.**** The River's Edge exit is the 1st Healdsburg exit # 502. It is about 10 miles N. of Santa Rosa. When at bottom of exit , turn right & go about a a third mile towards the bridge & drive down on the right before going on the bridge. Parking is very limited there near the office. You may also park at the Veterans Memorial park lot on the left just before the bridge. 7.00 parking fee; & River's Edge kayak & canoe will reimburse you. I'll have all the usual food, wine, drinks, snacks, & more available for all. The Cost is not final yet as I'm working on a better rate if we get enough people. **They have raised their fees and it may be be around 60.00 to 70.00 p.p. Always email me direct at: [masked] **My main meetup group name is: backroads wine and nature adventures. NOTE: You will have to RSVP on your *meetup group Name & also *Call River's Edge to pre-pay asap. Their # is: (707)[masked] E-Mail: [masked] Please specify if you wish a single, dbl. kayak or a canoe. Some will be sit on top type or sit inside types. *They have instructors to give you some beginner lessons once we have our water craft. I can help you also. This is an easy river experience. NOTE: If you wait too long you will not get a kayak or canoe reservation. They sell out very fast !! You snooze & you lose ! ****RES. Code is: Tom's Group Backroads donation: $15 More info asap. This is always a great day on the beautiful river. This is an easy down river paddle . And remember that our always super fun social dinner option follows in downtown Healdsburg. Only 3 minutes away. Final Note; Please RSVP on a desktop computer & print up the page for reference with your phone app.(Or you may miss important info)

Sixth annual Lake Tahoe super fun weekend !

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Aloha members ! What we'll do OK. Read all & print for reference. More info coming. We will meet at a restaurant on Friday night. This year I have a new & beautiful kayaking location at Emerald Bay & the Vikingsholm Castle on the south Shore. Great for sun bathing, swimming, has a off shore lagoon & 2 creeks. Parking there will be difficult again. So we will load up the vehicles. ************Print up this Itinerary. - Sat. am after breakfast (at the lodge) or at the Famous Log Cabin a few blocks away . (Amazing breakfasts). We will load up vehicles & head to the South Shore . About a 45 min. drive to the Emerald Bay parking area. We will walk down the 1 mile road/trail to Emerald bay & get our kayaks . The water here is very blue & pretty calm. No big wind issues. We also can kayak to & around the island Tea House & to the mouth of Emerald bay where there are sandy beaches. You may also tour the Castle & swim at their beach or hike to eagle falls behind the castle. (Very short trail) **Sat. night we will have a Pot Luck Bar B" Que at the lodge. Some may have their secret receipes to share. SUNDAY: After breakfast at the lodge(easier). We will head South to the Nevada side past Sand Harbor & to Chimney Beach. A parking lot is across the rd from the 2 trails going down to the beach. **A super beautiful area with boulders for climbing & diving off of into the crystal clear blue waters . This is more of a relaxing beach day. The lodge will hold 30 people. Four of the nicer rooms will have 1-2 larger beds. I'll send out the Lodge rules later. The lodge has a hot tub,horseshoes, ping pong, etc. Full kitchen, fire place. Note: if some wish to make meals instead of going out to eat there is a 5.00 p.p. cost. (For sat. night)(Sun. breakfast) Itinerary: Arrive by early evening Friday. ***I'll have the lodge entry code for guests. Meet up at the above named restaurant. Across from the lake shore. ****Please make your lunches Friday night for the sat kayaking. Or purchase it at one of the nearby deli's. Bring all your beach wear, towel, etc. & water shoes or old tennis shoes for the kayaking. Bring a bungee cord or rope & zip lock bags for non wet-able things. Bring your Lunch & I'll have water & most of my usual food, snacks & drinks & Vino for all. NOTE: Most of the lodge has bunk beds in the rooms. So bring your own bedding, pillow, etc. men & women in separate rooms. Some of the rooms have 5-6 beds. Cost for the 3 day weekend including lodging,[masked] p.p. NOTE: Kayaking is easy & is optional. Price will be adjusted for non kayakers. Use paypal with my email: ([masked]/[masked] (Must use friends & family pay option only) with p.pal. Or: chase.com/zelle Or send a check to: T. Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa, Ca. 94558 NOTE: It can get cool at night so bring some warm clothes. You may also bring your RV or book a local motel. I may have missed some issues. But contact me with your questions. *Its always a super fun experience ! Note: No drama, whining, or refunds. Apres Ski Lodge address; 8473 Rainbow ave. Kings Beach, ca. (2 blks from the beach) ONE more note: I need to have 15 guests to get this price secured. So if we have less, the price may have to be adjusted. So be committed , RSVP with your pymt. asap. No flakiness. Carpooling is needed. Indie Tom

A unique way to explore the wonders of the Big Island of Hawaii !

What we'll do Aloha Meetup Adventurers !! Indie Tom here will take you to where my Heart lives ! The Awesome Big Island. This great Island has 11 major world climates. We will have room for 10-11 people. Using a new Hide away private luxury Hawaiian style home in the high country overlooking the ocean. And very close to the airport. In the past; all guests went wild over the cool Lava rock walled "Jungle Showers" attached, but outside on all corners of the home. The daily itinerary will change . This is not a sit on the beach & sip a mai-tai trip. But there will be relaxing & shopping time allotted. ***NOTE: A couple will have a private room. Some rooms will have multiple beds, etc. Plus other options. The itinerary will include most or all of the following: Note: We will have a private chef staying with us. The gourmet meals will keep you guessing ; what's for tomorrow. I make all the tropical drinks. Airport pickups, First day: Arrival Pu Pu's & Tropical drinks. Beautiful welcoming sunset, lagoon & Sea Turtle walk, wade & photo session. DAY TWO: Breakfast, personal supplies store trip for the week. Visit to Jungle Cloud Forest 4000 ft. Coffee Plantation tour. Lunch. South of Kona half day exploration to lava water pools & Elevator pool & snorkel option. This is near the Historic "City of Refuge" Sacred Hawaiian Grounds. Dinner follows after another glorious sunset ! DAY THREE: Lava tube explorations, Dazzling white sand beach snorkeling & Body Boarding fun. It's a beach with four different shades of blue,(eat your heart out Maui) . Then on to the Awesome & other worldly Mauna Kea Volcano. This experience may well be one of your most spectacular moments, as we view a stunning Hawaiian sunset from 14,000 Ft. Bring gloves for possible snowballs. DAY FOUR: Day trip to see another special wonder of this Big Island Adventure paradise ! "Waipio Valley" (Valley of the Kings") It is one mile deep & 6 miles inland from the Black Sand Beach . A swift river runs from the jungle valley to the beach & ocean. The valley has 1500 ft. high waterfalls. This is where the movie "Waterworld" with Kevin Costner was filmed. Yes; there are wild horses running in the jungle & on the beach ! (bring hiking water sandals) DAY FIVE: " Water Safari" ! To a beautiful ocean beach hike to a magnificent two color salt & fresh water lagoon. We will cross Lagoon on Safari. Fish & Giant Sea Turtles to view up close. Snorkeling & exploring the Peninsula/island. Plus a fresh water underground Queen's Bath & lava tube to swim in & explore. DAY SIX: The knock your hiking shoes off " Mauna Ulu" Volcano Caldera treks". Stunning photo opportunities await the explorer. Hot deep steam vents. Sulfur vents; Spectacular & twisted Lava tubes; The unique Lava Tree Park; old & recent lava flows & more. If time permits we may have our wine picnic at the only Winery on the island. At a beautiful setting below Mauna Loa Volcano. DAY Seven: This is an option day as we may hike or truck to the famous Green Sand Beach, or to the Po' Olu'u Lookout & Black sand beach, or visit Historic locations , etc. Day Eight : Oh NOoo ! We have to leave already. I recommend leaving on a later flight if possible; so you don't waste an entire day traveling. United & other airlines have "Red Eye" flights that I usually take. Yes, There's more. We can;'t see everything, but we will see a lot. Must have energy. You will love this !!!! Cost p.p. [masked] . Deposit of[masked] . Send to T. Bold 2471 Solano ave. # 112 Napa, CA 94558 Or use Chase.com/zelle [masked] or pay pal. (friends & family pay option only) Getting Venmo asap. What to bring list coming. NOTE: Look for cheaper air fares from Alaska air , Hawaiian , & now South west is going to Hawaii.( very cheap) More info & photos soon. What to bring list, etc. [masked] EM: [masked] Indie Tom

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