My birthday present from Alex was a trip to a winery of my choice, and this past weekend the heat cooled down enough (HA! It was below 100, that’s what we’re calling cool now.) to make a winery tour sound appealing.
The winery I choose was Montaluce, a winery in North Georgia that pretty much exudes Tuscany, Italy. The name of the winery means “Mountain Light” and as we arrived I was quite transfixed by the light that shed over the fields of vines. Since we had about 20 minutes to wait for the tour to start we wandered our way up the stairs to top of a lovely set of porches. Up there we found lounge chairs, lazy fans and an amazing view.
I pretty much sank into a chair and then into thought the moment I saw it.
The tour was definitely interesting. We learned about why the barrels have dimples (to help keep the wine cool) and how they are a fully organic winery. We also learned what was up with the netting on all the vines. The netting was there because two years ago, over the span of four days, birds destroyed 10 million pounds of grapes. Good Job Birds!
After the tour, we stopped to eat lunch in the on-site restaurant. Alex had a yummy chicken sandwich and I had delicious flat-bread. Once we had some food in our bellies it was on to the tasting!
Now Alex hates wine, so he was mostly there to be my DD but I had him sip a little of each wine just to get an idea of the tastes. When all was said and done he learned that he does like wine. As long as its super-duper sweet. So we came home with a bottle of wildflower mead that is all for him. (I prefer tart wines myself.)
All in all it was a great way to celebrate my birthday. Now…to move to Tuscany where I could do this every day.