So last night was a blast - about a month ago, we heard that Julio Iglesias was coming to town - and Max said... "We have to go". I myself was never a huge fan of Julio, but I'll be the first to admit that the guy has a voice, and definitely worked a charm on the ladies. So we booked our tickets via the Saratoga Mountain Wineries website. The venue is absolutely gorgeous; the SMW is set on top of the hills overlooking the Silicon Valley and the view is stunning. We had prepared a wonderful picnic for the evening:
- Garlic & Chilli stuffed Olives with caramelized onions !
- Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Fresh Mint
- Salmon Tartare
- "Gehakt Balletjes !"
- Polenta, Spinach and Parmesan "wedges"
- and a nice, chilled bottle of Australian Chardonnay
After the picnic, we headed over to the "Concert Bowl". I had to leave my camera behind, unfortunately. The grounds date from 1852 - Max and I decided that we would come back here for dinner.
Julio was amazing - his voice was the same as I remembered it watching him on French TV growing up. He was hilarious... between every song, he would make jokes about how "when he was young", he would "make the love" to "every girl"... but that now he needs a pill. No, seriously, more funny coming from him than from me ! ;-)
In any case, will definitely come back to the Saratoga Mountain Winery - it's a wonderful venue. Charles Aznavour is coming here in September - we're thinkin' about going, but we heard from Max's parents that he wasn't that great anymore (too old). But I'm thinking - wtf - it's now or never.