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"Another Year"

If you've been following my blog for a while, you know I believe in taking control of my own birthday.  I wrote about my decentralized birthday celebration last year.  

Not sure when it began, but somewhere during my adulthood, I realized that if I were going to have a fabulous birthday, it was going to be up to me to plan it.  Over the years, I hosted tea parties, shoe parties, white breakfasts, destination parties and the like.  This year, I wanted something low-key but fun, so I gathered some of my vino loving friends and headed to a winery about an hour away. 

I have to say, I think we were all impressed.  I mean, it's not like we live in Napa Valley.  It's North Carolina, not a place exactly known for it's wine.  However, it seems that more and more wineries (pretty good ones) are popping up in and around our area.

Childress Vineyards
The grounds were stunning. And while we didn't exactly have a beautiful weather day on Saturday, that didn't put a damper on our fun. 
Yes, we were photo bombed by our sommelier.
We arrived at the beautiful facility and headed straight to the tasting room.

We had the option to taste sweet wines or dry ones.  I'm a dry girl myself. 

The wines were surprisingly delicious.  My favorites were two fabulous reserve reds.

2010 Reserve Malbec
Earthy and luxurious, Malbec entertains the senses with a minty nose, cherry fruit flavors, hints of leather, and subtle tannins.

2010 Reserve Petit Verdot
Lush and rich with a nose of plum and flavors of blueberry and peppermint, this wine pairs nicely with lamb, short ribs, or roasted duck.

After the tasting we had a delicious lunch in the bistro.
Can I just say there is something about Sangria in Mason Jar that just calls my name.  Anyway, the food was yummy, and the place was packed!

Unfortunately during lunch the skies opened up and our vineyard tour didn't happen, but we had a fab time despite the inclement weather.

I'd highly recommend a visit if you're in the area.  Thanks to my wonderful friends, I came home with a little reminder of an afternoon well spent. 


Another year, another fabulous birthday. 

7 Comments - Click here to join the conversation!:

Felice said... Reply To This Comment

I'm glad you had a great birthday. More importantly, thank you for unlocking the key to having a fabulous birthday. From this day forward I will take ownership of my own birthday and plan the same. No more sitting around waiting on someone else to plan something extraordinary only to feel disappointed in the process. I'm so grateful that you had that ephipony.

Yolanda said... Reply To This Comment

Glad you had a fabulous birthday! Wish I could have been there.

Unknown said... Reply To This Comment

Girl, Happy Birthday! This is so fun!! Please invite me next year :)


Kim said... Reply To This Comment

Happy Birthday and enjoy a glass for me!!!

April said... Reply To This Comment

Looks like you had a great time! So glad.

Jennifer {Pure and Simple Organizing} said... Reply To This Comment

Thank you for inviting me along -- it was a blast! :)

I'm totally with you on taking your birthday celebration into your own hands. If you want to make it special, then you have to plan it yourself. :) To Felice's point -- I think it helps alleviate the disappointment.

Happy Birthday!

Dwell by Cheryl said... Reply To This Comment

Thanks everyone! I had a fabulous day!

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