On my last Pink Saturday post I told you the plan for my day was to go to our annual Festival of the Grape out here. As far as I know we don't actually have any wineries here but we do have vineyards that supply the wineries. So I got to taste some of the wine from the grapes that were grown right up the road from my home and it was quite good I might add. Anyway.....back to the day of the Festival. It was cold and rainy and I just assumed we would not go but at about 11 a.m. the phone rang and Ms. CA. said they would be by at noon to pick me up. "Okay" I said, "what's a little rain anyway? I am not that sweet so I won't melt." The group I was going with had company visiting from California and they were looking forward to the festival. When we got there I was quite surprised to see the number of people.
My favorite vendor was a lady that was selling her large still life paintings of wine bottles and other things. To my untrained eyes they were very very good. I loved them but have no place in my home for one. Now Ms. CA. has the perfect place in her kitchen for one but I couldn't talk her into buying one.
At one point it really started raining heavily but I refused to put up an umbrella for fear of poking at people in the crowds along with the fact I had been getting bumped and jostled with them. But the problem was my glasses kept misting up...lol..not fun and my normally straight hair (not really....it's naturally curly) was growing out and kinking up by leaps and bounds. Soooo....we ran across a booth who was a sponsor and they were giving away billed caps. Perfect to keep the rain off my glasses and contain my growing tresses. Ugly yes....but very functional.
I kissed the devil. Along the way one of the wines I tasted was a hot chili pepper wine. The pourer asked us several times if we were sure we wanted to taste and being the old naive me said sure. Before tasting he put a badge on my hand and then poured a bit in my glass. The fumes alone should have told me not to try it but I did. I was shocked and Mr. CA. said my eyes got big as saucers and smoke was coming out of my ears. My lips and throat went numb and it scared me to death. Thank goodness we had a bottle of water with us. It took me a good half hour to get over it.
Don't ask me! I have no idea what this was all about. I just had to sneak a picture of him.
One vendor was the famous Chadwick & Sons orchid growers. They were featured in Southern Living magazine a couple of years ago and have their greenhouses out here and a really cute store in downtown Richmond. It's truly amazing to take a tour of their nine greenhouses. You could take a picnic and make a day of it. I didn't buy an orchid figuring I will just enjoy the fake (but really looks real) one in my bedroom.
" Let's wine" was a really cute vendor selling bling bling tee-shirts. They were really charming but I opted for a regular old long sleeve purple souvenier tee-shirt. But one of the ladies in our group bought one and wore it to dinner that night. It looked so cute on her.
No explanation needed. :)
My favorite wine tasting of the day was a wine called Noche from the Cooper Vineyards in Louisa County, Virginia. It tasted just like a chocolate covered cherry and would be a fabulous stand alone dessert wine or night cap drink. It's a gold medal wine for 2008. If you can get past the fact that I am totally unknowledgeable about wines but would like to order some of this delightful wine you can go here.: www.coopervineyards.com. It comes in a really skinny bottle. I bought two bottles which I plan to use for a dinner party. Hey...maybe if Cooper Vineyards sees the fabulous endorsement they will send me a case....nah! (I can dream....can't I?) Even though the weather didn't co-operate we had a grand time....lots of laughter, good food, fellowship and music. Oh and one other thing. I forgot to tell you that I did not try the fried chocolate. They were frying some kind of candy bar....snickers I think. I love my blogging friends but not enough to try the fried candy to give you a thumbs up or down on it. :)
On Sunday I did a little treasure hunting and came across my first ever piece of antique mercury glass. I was so excited. It's listed in the boutique now. They try to replicate these old pieces with old patina but they don't come close to the real thing on the new ones.
Lastly I have been given three awards lately and I want to thank these lovely ladies. Judy at BrocanteandEtc. presented me with the Commentator Award. Judy has a delightful blog and I get lots of great recipes from her...all very good. Lisa at RaccoonLover presented me with the Lady Di award. It's a Friendship and Loving Generous award. Lisa is a great animal lover and her blog shows it. It's fun to see all her animal photos. And Christie at Somewhere in Time passed on the Marie Antoinette award because I am as beautiful as Marie Antoinette was....not....lol...just kiddin'. Christie also known as the YardSale Queen is a sweetheart and so is her blog. Thank you ladies for your graciousness and kindness and I pass these awards on to all my blogging friends.
Have a super great week y'all. See you soon.