22 April, 2011

OUR FIRST "VINE TO WINE WEEKEND"

We held our first V2WW last weekend and what a time we had! Everyone, including the hosts (Dale and me) had a blast. Great folks attending made all the difference. We can't wait for our next V2WW (not sure if we should call the next one V2WW2 or what).


We actually started on Friday evening with a dessert wine pairing - wines and dessert pairings suggested by our friends at Crane Creek Vineyards. Guests, friends and neighbors joined us for four rounds of pairings. Food and wine was great, but the company was exceptional.





After breakfast on Saturday morning we were treated to a private winery tour and tasting at Crane Creek. Very informative, relaxing and a lot of fun.


Late Saturday afternoon we convened at the home of our experienced winemaking friends for a hands-on winemaking experience. We started a "batch" of wine, then went through the complete bottling process (filling, corking, sealing and labeling the bottles) of wine produced earlier. Everyone had the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and make it a success. Of course the winemaking was accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and the tasting of several wines produced by our friends and neighbors. This was a special treat for all of us.



Everyone seemed to have a great time, we we're planning V2WW2 for mid-June. Stay tuned for info on the exact dates.

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