^^^wooden barrels for wine safe keeping^^^
^^^the best smell ever in these wine caves- damp, oak & wine!^^^Partners Vineyard Tour & Exclusive Wine Tasting and couldn't have been happier with it. We got to learn (and taste!) a lot plus get an exclusive behind the scenes look at the biodynamic vineyards to fully understand all the care that goes into crafting those fine wines. The tour was small and intimate with only 8 guests total plus the quirkiest tour guide ever. When I had called earlier to book ahead (suggested since they book up fast!) I was warned that a couple would be getting engaged on ours and if we would mind... Mind?!? I was beyond excited and even decided I would take pictures to send my new friends via email, would I mind. I guess some people had in the past and so the winery had to just put it out there... you know, just in case. So of course the whole time I was whispering to hubs about who it might be and informing him that my detective skills concluded that neither of the two other girls had engagement rings so really it was anyone's game. Hubs kept telling me to shush, less I be overheard (his words, not mine). We ended in the coolest of wine caves, literally... they were super cool! The smell that smacked me in the face was one of damp musk with deep warm oak and hints of wine, all lingering together, leaving me breathless. I really couldn't get enough and have decided that someone needs to make the scented candle version of this asap!
^^^and the winner is: 2012 de coelo, terra neuma pinot noir^^^
^^^also known as a dangerous room where all your dreams can come true!^^^
^^^drunken purchases with guaranteed no buyers remorse^^^
And of course no trip to the winery would be complete without some drunken shopping for more wine. Hubs and I pleasantly agreed on the same wines which I was surprised about since normally he opts for sweeter and I like the drier ones. After much trying and deliberating, we settled on these as our top four, listed in ranking order and also no judging please!
1. 2012 de coelo, terra neuma pinot noir / 2. 2012 de coelo pinot noir, arbore sacra / 3. 2011 signaterra etta's blend, sunny slope vineyard / 4. 2012 signaterra "west rows"chardonnay
*On him---> coat: banana republic / blazer: banana republic / button down: j. crew / trousers: j. crew / shoes: tba / backpack: everlane (similar)
*On her---> jacket: current elliot / cardigan: madewell / turtleneck: madewell / jeans: hudson / shoes: madewell / backpack: everlane
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***Today I am thankful for the chance to explore a lovely new town and loyal sidekick/drinking buddy to do it all with!***