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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The spirits and tannins were surely flowing.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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A Jeffersonian Recipe

Since it’s What I Ate Wednesday, here’s a quick and healthy recipe that’s perfect to take to a pot luck dinner like the Jeffersonian Dinner I attended last night.

Jeffersonian Dinner

These dinners stimulate thought provoking ideas around ways to improve the community, accompanied with good food of course.

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I brought roasted broccoli as my dish.

healthy roasted broccoli

I got the recipe here from Simply Scratch.

Preheat your oven to 500 and bake the broccoli in olive oil, salt and pepper for 10 minutes. Add parmesan cheese and you’re good to go.

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That cheese though. 🙂

What’s your favorite dish to bring to a pot luck?

Have a good Wednesday!

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Jump on Restaurant Week

There’s no week like restaurant week. The best restaurants in Charlottesville offer a special menu for one week.

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My date for the evening made a reservation at Orzo Kitchen & Wine Bar and we were excited to peruse the menu.

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We each selected an appetizer, salad and entre.

I ordered mussels to start, a mixed greens salad and salmon. Each dish was full of tang.

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The only challenge was holding back on inhaling each bite.

mussels at orzo

The mussels were savory, cooked in a cream and meat sauce.

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The portions were small, but full of bursting flavors. If you’re in a city that has a restaurant week, grab a date and go get a delicious meal.

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After dinner we went out to meet some friends.

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I actually haven’t been drinking for a couple months but that doesn’t stop me from capturing the colorful drinks. 🙂

Have you participated in a restaurant week?

Have a fun weekend, pretty young thing!

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Dance Party

I attended my first blogger meet-up last night at Maya for Charlottesville Restaurant Week!

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We discussed all things foodie, fitness, and blog-related over a delicious 3-course meal. I ordered the mixed green salad, grouper and bourbon chocolate torte for dessert. Pardon my photos above. I think it’s high time I invest in a nice camera! Any suggestions?

When I got home after dinner, I was full of energy. It was later in the evening so an evening walk wasn’t an option.

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So what did I do? I had a dance party, solo style. I’ve been known to bust a move on my own.

Because I keep dancin’ on my own!

And really, how could I not have a dance party with all of the latest summer jams:

Hope you make your day a party!

It was great meeting meeting up KateKath and Sarah!

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