Stress Management

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.


Connie said...

You're a doll not matter what you have on your head, chickee!! I remember well our "wine tasting" tours up in Napa Valley, Calif. when we lived there. It was truly gorgeous traveling up through the redwoods. Don't drink anymore but I have fond memories of it all......;-)

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It looks like you had so much fun even though it was raining. That is a festival I would love to attend..
p.s. love the bird sounds on your blog, where is it from?

Nola said...

With both art and wine, I am the same way. I just like what I like; I have no skill or knowledge about what's "good" or "bad". The noche sounds yummy; I'm going to see if they handle it at our liquor stores!

Anonymous said...

How fun!!! I love wine tastings. I'm not too sure about the hot pepper one though!! OUCH!!! Thanks for sharing your day and I'm glad you like all my recipes.

Jenny said...

How fun!! The chili pepper wine sounds a little weird but at least you can say you survived it!!

Abbie said...

Hi Lynn,
:) Ooo.. that sounds like fun! Even in the rain!

Rue said...

Good morning Lynn :)

I never made it out to that festival when we lived out there, but I wish I would have now. It looks like you had a fabulous time despite the rain and foggy glasses ;)

Oh and I'd be more than happy to eat that fried snickers you passed up LOL


Sugar Bear said...

Looks like fun! I love the stress management shirt!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I love the painting of the row of wine bottles. It would go great in our small dining room, the one that will be torn apart soon. As we have a wine theme going in there. I personally can't abide the stuff, but husband loves it.

Michele said...

Hi Lynn ~ looks like a fun time, even in the rain! Wow, don't think I could have tried that hot pepper one!!!

Congrats on the awards!


Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Looks like you had a lovely weekend...and found some goodies too!

Robyn said...

Looks like you had a great time!
You've been Boo'ed, please stop by my blog to pick up the pick.
Have a great Halloween!

CatHerder said...

omg that looks like so much fun! I would LOVE to try that chili wine, and i absolutely love the wine clothing....glad you had a great day!

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I wish I could have been there....don't think I would've tried the hot pepper wine, though :) I'm a wuss when it comes to hot spice!

Anonymous said...

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suesueb said...

looks like so much fun in spite of the weather!! happy late pink saturday!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a really fun time.... not sure about that hot wine.... I like mine sweet... I am having a giveaway and would love it if you hop over,

{oc cottage} said...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat fun!!!!

M ^..^

GMG said...

Hi Lynn! Festival of grapes sounds good! I'll take the bubbles... ;))
Now, I bet you won’t discover where Blogtrotter has landed, until you get there to see… ;) Enjoy and have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Lynn, it looks like a great festival. You be careful kissing that devil. ;-)

CIELO said...

Good morning, Lynn! Wow... that is exactly what I said when I saw your blog... I love the change! Your new blog banner is so gorgeous... and I like the softer color palette as well... It looks like you had so much fun in that festival, the more because of the rain... is so romantic and fun to out while raining.... at least to me is! :)

So good to see you... and have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn,

What a fun day! I'd love to wine tasting :) For now, I'll just keep my tasting to my living room with my books...which works pretty well too!


Anonymous said...

Yummy! A wine festival. How fun! It does look like you had a fabulous time despite the rainy weather. I'd like to see my hubby try the hot pepper wine....
The artwork looked so pretty and the stress management shirt is so fun!
Happy Halloween!

Lisa said...

Wow, hot pepper wine? Really? I have a friend who is a wine freak and eats spicy things like they are candy. The desert wine sounds really good though, not normally a wine kind of gal. It looks like you had a great time in spite of the rain.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn!

Your day sounds like it was lovely! That dessert wine....mmmmm...delicious. I think I must try it!

Thank you for visiting me. I have enjoyed reading your blog! Have a fabulous Friday!!

Erin ♥

Glennis said...

Looks like so much fun. I like the idea of the chocolate cherry wine. Yum!

the paintings of wine bottles would be a wonderful thing for a kitchen that can accommodate them. Now I'm looking around mine....over the fridge there...

You were brave to try the chili wine! Yikes!

Dana and Daisy said...

I agree about the mercury glass. I have a collection of vintage glass Christmas ornaments and the clors just can't be replicated today.

I love them! :)

Susie Q said...

This looks like such fun. And you all look like you had the best time...
Hot stuff and I do not mix well but Bill will try it all! Dan is pretty into all things hot and Grace loves it hot and spicy!


sweetmemorymakingmom said...

Lynn, Looks like you had a great time! I have never heard of a hot chili wine. You were brave to kiss the devil! :) hugs, Ellen p.s. Thank you for leaving your lovely comments. I do love the April Teacup!

Christie said...

Hey Lynn!
What a fun day for you! We have a winery in our town and it has the best tasting wines...alot of award winners. I love you girls with your hats on and what you had to say about them made me laugh....I think y'all look like dolls!

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