My true sister is great, but I think Ashley and Kathleen are my sisters separated at birth. They hail from Baltimore, where my mom is from, so it’s quite possible!
They are visiting Cville for a weekend trip with their husbands and whisked me away on a wine tasting adventure this afternoon!
Our first stop was the beautiful Keswick Vineyards where winemaker Stephen led us through a delicious tasting. I first had Keswick when I participated in the Jefferson Vineyards blind tasting in November and it came out to be one of the best of show!
We tasted their flight
I really couldn’t pick a favorite but if you made me it would be the 2009 Signature Series Viognier – which was like COCONUT and pineapple (I believe Stephen mentioned “coconut butter”!!) and will be released on August 13.
We were greeted by a few chirping chicks in the most fabulous nest in town!
The ciders were great – yeasty, cheesey and a bit appley. Such a nice change from wine, and definitely worth a visit to taste!!
Including the beautiful scenery!
Our afternoon ended up back at our place where Matt met us for a beer tasting. Kathleen’s husband, Pete, is quite the homebrewer so the boys had fun comparing flavors.
I put out some OpenSky inspired snacks for the table: Danielle’s carrots (which the girls loved!!), granola and pretzels
My favorite of the night was the PUMPKIN tasting!! There is such a fall smell in the air – I am almost excited for the season to begin! Pumpkin beer, cool weather, no mosquitoes, and someone’s smoky stove wafting my way
We tasted a handful of beers – I tried to stick with small sips!
We sent our visitors on their way and Matt went straight up to bed. He’s exhausted and is baking sweets tomorrow due to 2 vacation days. I’m hoping to work the whole day to hopefully let him go home and nap and rest.
I stayed up and had a small dinner. It was one of those “I need something nourishing” moments.
Garden greens, sweet potato, egg and blue d’auvergne. LOVE!
And So You Think You Can Dance. I am happiest when this show is on!!
Headed to bed myself. This is the week that keeps on going. Tomorrow is work all day and we have another exciting event tomorrow night (and another on Sunday night!!!) Fun times.