Category Archives: fun

Vineyard Times: The Good Life

It’s Marvelous Monday and I’m trying to refrain from crawling back into bed to doze off and make up for the hour we lost. Oh well, I’ll take this day light savings thing because more daylight is a plus.

Marvelous is a day spent with a shining group of gals nestled away in the stunning Blue Ridge mountains at a family-run vineyard.

veritas winery

On Saturday afternoon, we spent the day at Veritas Vineyard & Winery. The name is derived from the Roman historian Pliny The Elder’s observation, “In vino veritas,” meaning, “in wine there is truth,” and that truth comes from the grapes grown at Veritas.

wine from veritas

The vineyard is carefully tucked away in the idyllic mountains of Charlottesville where a long road weaves through the fields of grapes, ending at a large and inviting tasting room filled with a musty, sweet and complex cork-scented aroma.

Upon arrival, the tasting room staff greeted us as we took in the elegant chandeliers, glossy wooden tables, tall stunning red ceilings, long velvet curtains, ample cushy seating, and the stone fireplace.

veritas vineyard winery

We ordered a few bottles of wine to share, selecting the “White Star,” a blend of Viognier, Traminette, Chardonnay, and Petite Manseng, with layers of peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, tangerine and coconut. It’s described as a complex but palate friendly style of wine, recommend in its youth to truly reap the tropical flavors and satisfy the taste buds.

veritas vineyards

veritas wine

charlottesville vineyards

The spirits and tannins were surely flowing.

wines at veritas

Craving something to accompany the fruity wine in our bellies, we decided to order a tasty cheese plate. The plate came with 3 gourmet cheeses, homemade apple chutney and a warm baguette.

veritas vineyards cheese tray

cheese tray with wine

After noshing, we felt it only right to make our way to the cozy wooden deck to take in the luscious views, especially after weeks of chilly temps. The deliciously warm sun was the icing to our already decorated cake.

veritas vineyards group

Floral cheers, warm weather
Inner bliss, nothing better

roommate wine tastingDress: Nordstrom, Jacket: Free People; Earrings: Stella & Dot

A rejuvenating day at the vineyard with great company was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Veritas Charlottesville va

What’s your favorite outdoor activity to do on a warm Saturday afternoon?

natural world beauty

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Late Monday Marvelous

They say gratitude is a major key to happiness, so on the first day of the week, I like to start out with the positives and link up with Marvelous Monday.

Marvelous is lunch at Cafe Espresso with my mom last week.

cafe espresso lunch

Marvelous is an art panel at the Hirshhorn Museum on Friday night.

hirshhorn museum art pannel

Marvelous is house sitting with some kooky pets this weekend!

house sitting

Marvelous is Saturday afternoon birthday parties.

saturday birthday party

Marvelous is Saturday night bashes.

saturday night bash

Marvelous is a healthy breakfast followed by a not so healthy visit to the candy store, but at least ice skating happened in between!

breakfast, activity, candy

Constantly striving for moderation, right? 🙂

How’s your week going so far?

Have a good one!

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A Cooking Class in Richmond

I attended a Debi Shawcross cooking class in Richmond on Wednesday night with my mom.

Debi's dinner party

It was fun sitting in Debi’s kitchen as she prepared the four course meal we had for dinner and learning different tricks of the trade, like using the right olive oil or red wine for pasta sauce.

Debi Shawcross

We noshed on focaccia bread and chili dipping oil for appetizers.

appetizers

The chili dip had a nice kick to it. My mom and I love spicy so we were pleased. 🙂

mother

After the appetizers, we watched her prepare the salad, entree and dessert. I especially enjoyed her salad dressing recipe.

She prepared a house salad with blue cheese and prosciutto; pasta with pancetta, pork and garlic wine sauce; and a citrus and chocolate slice of pie (my favorite of course).

Debi Shawcross dinner

Overall, the night was filled with delicious food, good conversation and lots of cooking tips. Thanks Mom for the invite!

me and mom

Thank you Debi for a great evening!

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Monday is for Martin

Happy MLK day. Hopefully you get the day off or a low-key day. 🙂

MLK quote

Let’s jump into Marvelous Monday.

Marvelous is a chocolate fortune and a healthy dinner on Friday night. That orange was on point.

friday chocolate and dinner

Marvelous is Mexican food and girls night on Saturday evening.

guadalajara dinner

girls night

Marvelous is yep, Sunday brunch. 🙂

Marvelous is this brownie mix I made for Sunday night’s potluck dinner at C’ville Coffee. They were quite delicious!

ooey gooey chocolate brownie mix

Marvelous is a great workout this morning with positive reading material.

train your brain

Question: Do you like reading during cardio?

Cheers!

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