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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.

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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First day of the Week

Welcome to Marvelous Monday, hosted by the lovely Katie. Let’s take Monday by the horns and jump in, shall we?

Marvelous is an easy and healthy meal thanks to Annie’s.

Healthy mac

Just add broccoli

Marvelous is The XX concert on Friday.

The XX Concert

Marvelous is a lovely Saturday morning brunch.

CavDiner Brunch

Marvelous is always living it up at UVA tailgates. (tailgate > football game, am I right?) 😉


Marvelous is a chance to visit with friends, anytime, any day.


Marvelous is attending Sunday’s polo match at King Family Vineyards.

King Family Polo

And sandwiches from Take it Away. Yum

Take it Away Sandwich

Why does food always taste so good outside?

Have a wonderful first day of the week and enjoy the video!

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Favorite Dish

What a whirlwind of a weekend!

On Friday, I came home and whipped up a quick and easy meal for dinner. I cooked the chicken in soy sauce, pepper, and red pepper and topped it off with spinach and a little more soy sauce.


A quick throw together meal

Then it was onto the festivities. My friends and I threw on our boots and got ready for a night out.


Bootie lovin’



On Saturday I hit the gym for a cardio session and jammed out to my new playlist on the elliptical. Listening to music is the way to get through any workout. After the gym, I did some yoga poses (I’m a big fan of shoulder stand), showered, and happily lounged on the couch watching The Hills with my roommate. Quality tv, I know! Later in the afternoon, one of my best friends arrived to stay with us for the weekend. We went to McGrady’s Pub for dinner and drinks.


cider > beer


All of us at dinner

For some reason, I thought ordering a veggie panini at a standard bar restaurant would be a grand idea. It wasn’t very good but I liked the fries!


The next morning, my friend and I cooked a nice breakfast to enjoy. She handled the eggs and I was in charge of the bacon and toast.


what we cooked up!

My friend Jeanna had never been wine tasting but has wanted to go for a while so we headed to King FamilyVineyards that afternoon. 🙂



After our tasting, it was time to get ready for the commercial party Super Bowl feast!



We all made dishes to share and I decided to create a caprese dip that I found on Pinterest.

What the dip was supposed to look like

What the dip was supposed to look like

My dip

What mine looked like

It wasn’t as pretty but everyone agreed that it tasted great. We had macaroni and cheese bites, 7 layer dip, mini hot dogs…


And the best part of the evening…


Cookie dough!

You know you’ve got great friends when they offer up some cookie dough.


They call me cookie doe 😉

My friend Sara made these amazing chocolate chip cookie dough oreo brownies. I literally wanted to eat the entire batch because they were so delicious. I had to refrain from eating all of them and managed to have just 2! Woo!



Hope everyone had a great weekend filled with delicious super bowl foods.

What was your favorite super bowl dish? 😀

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Enjoying the Day

Who’s excited it’s Friday? Me! It’s restaurant week in the city I live in and so I’ll be sampling some delicious foods at some local restaurants. Speaking of fancy food, 😉 I whipped up a salad last night for dinner that was full of flavor.

Colorful food is good food

Colorful food is good food

I used my salsa salad dressing trick over a bed of butter leaves, grape tomatoes, goat cheese, and beats.

A close up

A close up

My evening started off so healthy but we had some friends over and a little bit of this went down.



In the past, especially in college, I would sometimes skip out on social events because I didn’t want all of the alcohol calories. I went a little to the extreme and often missed out on some fun times because I was more worried about maintaing my weight. Well I’ve finally found a balance of being social and not worrying about a few caloric drinks because as long as it’s not happening all the time, I can indulge every once in a while. Moderation is my friend. 😀

No calorie woes ova' here

No calorie woes ova’ here



Have a great weekend everyone!

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