We flew out to California several years back for her oldest daughter's wedding. On the trip, we drove through Sonoma wine country and visited a winery or two. A year later, my sister and her husband bought me an airline ticket to return for a visit. (No graduation or wedding this time!) The K.S. took me to Napa on an overnight trip.
We did several wine tastings on our jaunt. I liked Napa, but I loved the Russian River wine country. My favorite winery: Korbel!! (My love of champagne blog is here.) The K.S. and I had the best time. Definitely a vacation I won't ever forget!
Since then, the Mr. and I have been searching our wineries in the Midwest. A couple years ago we spent a week in the wine country of Missouri.
The Mr. studying the list at one wine tasting. Do you suppose he is wondering if they serve beer? (It is a real possibility!)
We've had a chance to tour their facilities and learn the wine making process. The history of prohibition had an interesting affect on the wineries of the Midwest.
Our Missouri trip to the wineries was also part bicycle trip on their famous KATY trail.
I'm not mad in this photo, just exhausted--and probably wondering if the Mr. was ever going to find the right button to push on the camera. (There is a reason I'm not in many photographs!) I had just biked 24 miles on the KATY, hence the exhaustion and the cowboy hat hiding the helmet hair! At this winery, you could lock up your bike at the trail and hike a switchback up to the winery. Very handy for all those wine-loving bikers out there!
And that brings us to the winery visit this last week. This "Group Therapy" flag greeted us.
The winery was located on the famous Route 66, so each of their wine goblets proudly bore the emblem--as did the label on their wine. It isn't harvesting season yet, but I had to take a few pictures of the grapes before the stomping commences!
We don't have many wineries in our State...yet! One of my students this next school year has started a winery on his parent's farm. It is part of his 4-H project. I am hoping to take pictures as the grapes ripen at his vineyard this fall. I'm pretty sure he is going to have to draw me a map on how to get there. We've been out searching for it--and so far, no luck.
Coffee shop or winery? Which do I want to run when I grow up? I'm not quite sure yet. I am pretty sure I am going to have to visit a few more coffee shops and wineries before I make that decision! (It is a tough job, but someone has to do it!)
Next up for wine country? Tuscany, I hope! And I hear they have bicycle trips through wine country there, too! Saving my pennies, saving my pennies...