Hubby and I, B.C. (before children) had a pretty good hobby visiting local wineries. If you don't live in Oklahoma, you probably didn't know it but we have a pretty great climate for grape growing and a nice selection of wineries all over the state. Here is a site with a little more information about wine producers in the state. We have a couple of favorites and one happens to be just a few miles down the road from us. So, when my mom unexpectedly showed up at our door over the weekend (she lives 100 miles away but these random pop-ins are not unusual) we decided to take her up on the offer of "couple time."
The fall leaves are beautiful here right now (it's like some sort of rainbow of promise after the crazy drought/heat wave/tornado/blizzard/earthquake kind of year we've been having). So off we went down a lovely country highway to Native Spirits Winery. Beautiful fall leaves, warm and breezy air, the vines in the background, perfect! We settled in and readied our palates for some lip-smacking yummy wine. This winery offers a pretty large variety, you will see the usual players like chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, and reisling (they make one of my favorites). In addition, they like to experiment with some more unusal fruit and grape blends. This time, he had a merlot blended with blueberry flavor to create an interesting dessert type wine. Sweet wines are just not my thing, but they do sell around here very well and he has several quite popular ones. After some sipping and sampling we settled on a few of our favorites and headed back into the fall leaves.
Sweet and simple, but it's these little trips that seem to renew the spirit, in a world where you often refer to your husband as "Daddy" and not in a fun way! It has taken me a little while to come out of the fog of babyhood (hey, I had two babies in less than two years) but I am starting to remember lots of the fun stuff Hubby and I used to do. Today a wine tour, tomorrow maybe we'll make it back to the symphony!