HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY TO US ❤
September 30th was our 1 year wedding anniversary… To celebrate the blessing of Getting to spend our lives together, we went to Hendersonville, NC
We spent Saturday the 29th, the entire day; on a Vineyard & Winery Tour of four Boutique Wineries…
Our day started by meeting at the Visitors center to get on a bus with several others… We had an interesting group of people who were so much fun to share this experience with!
So we loaded up with Paul our tour guide for the day who also owns his own winery… Off we went to our first vineyard BurntShirt Vineyards. This is where we met the manager Erik.. Who BTW was brilliant in his knowledge!
BurnHurst Vineyard ( named after the mountain – BurntShirt Mountain) is located on this mountain and in the valley area at the bottom of it. Originally it was an apple orchard. And it was abandoned when they acquired the property…..
BurntShirt began in 2009, they’ve had only one year that they were able to bottle their wine…
Viticulture- practice of growing grapes. I want so badly to own my own vineyard so my sweet husband asked Erik lots of questions.. It costs approximately $10,000. 00 Per acre not to mention the equipment and the labor plus time involved..
Almost All vines are grafted to an American root system because years ago in the 1800’s there was an invasion of an insect called Phylloxera, it’s an aphid bug that nearly wiped out all the European varieties of grape vines…
Erik showed us how to test the sugars of the grapes with his instrument, and explained the ph is to be low and sugars right around 22… And timing is everything in harvesting the grapes! As well is the weather.. Too much rain and the grapes swell, then when the sun comes out again and dries them up- they shrink but the skins sag because they’re stretched and the sugars are now diluted.. Talk about a science to this!!
After tasting the grapes on the vines, we were off to the tasting room.
We met Andy from Belgium our Sommelier. His family has a vineyard in France.. He taught us the five s’ to tasting wine properly..
1. See (see your wine)
Tilt your glass to a 45degree angle against white background ( white napkin ) what do you see?
The thicker the legs the more alcohol that’s in the wine.
Lighter color means its a younger wine
2. Swirl- mix the oxygen in
3. Sniff- put your whole nose inside glass, with your mouth slightly open breathe in, you can get up to 200 smells through your nose
4. Sip- swoosh the wine, let it go around in your mouth, everywhere.. Then add air in your mouth gently.. Then you get 100% taste
5. Savor- wait a moment see how long you can have the flavor in your mouth, this is called The Finish.. You will find whether it lasts in mouth for short while or long time, and the lingering tastes tells you even more about the flavors..
So we finished up took some pictures and off we went on our way to the next Vineyard. But on our way, inside the bus one of the benches went scooting across the floor! It had broken away from side lol!!!! This is where we started to get to know each other a whole lot better.. We had such a great group of people to tour with! Everyone was really patient. We had to pull over as it was considered unsafe.. Waited for the owners who ended up not able to come help us.. So our guide Paul called his wife Julia who quickly came with Wine from their winery for us to sample while we waited. I got her to take our groups picture with Paul.. Then Attorney Carol, so resourceful ran across the street to carpet place and borrowed hammer & nails.. Lol.. Frank a man on the tour happened be an engineer & can fix anything- so he did, Thank You Frank!!! This is where we started to meet some wonderful new friends! Karen & Larry, Hope & Brad, attorney Carol, Ms Kim, and several others. We learned that Karen and I (audra) knew some mutual people and we live rather close. Also Hope & Brad live even closer! How blessed were we to meet them! And if you needed a laugh or two attorney Carol & Ms Kim had you covered! This was so much fun! We were even sung to by the group, they sang Happy Anniversary to us! They even joked about having a reunion tour next year for our anniversary all of us together lmbo! We finally made it to the next Vineyard Parker-Binns.
The owner of the tour Kimberly was there. She decided to serve us lunch then tour and taste this vineyard. We had BBQ from Hubba Bubba BBQ.. It was great. We met Bob and Karen two lovely people who are the Vineyards owners. Bob so much reminded me of Thomas’ uncle Tommy in New York.. Karen made me think of a sweet hippy lady. They used to be tree farmers in Florida, and at one point Bob was in food & beverage. They combined the two giftings and moved to NC to start a hobby of small vineyard for themselves and it got out of hand.. They were awesome! I even learned that there is a Patron Saint Vincent of Saragossa for Wine makers! Who knew! Tasted several wines and again on the bus towards the next place, OverMountain Vineyards.
OverMountain Vineyards is absolutely Beautiful! Originally a tobacco and cotton farm in the 1920′s and 30′s, they purchased this land in the early 1990′s, and returned it to its roots. Overmountain Vineyards was established in 2002 as a commercial vineyard in the Tryon Foothills of North Carolina. Their namesake is The Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail & commemorates the military campaign that led to patriot victory at the battle of King Mountain in the fall of 1780. Authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980, the trail is administered by the National Park Service. Working closely with partners along its corridor, the route is gradually being completed as a non-motorized pathway for public use. A commemorative motor route, which follows the state highways, is also available. Overmountain Vineyards has a two mile certified protected segment of the Overmountain Victory National Trail, available for the public to hike.
We sat in adirondack chairs overlooking the vineyard and a bonfire while tasting several wines with raspberry chocolate truffles.. YUMMY!!!! Then we walked over to see the barrels of wine in production, the wine press, & we tasted the freshly pressed wine, YUK too green to drink. BTW, OverMountain sells their grapes to Biltmore Winery for them to use to produce wine, interesting huh?! Time to get loaded up and onto Falderal Winery, Paul’s Winery.
Falderal Winery was established in 2009. Named after a King’s Quest computer game, the definition of falderal means “a showy but worthless trifle” and “foolish”. Which is exactly what they were going for! Their aim to take the pretentiousness out of wine and wine making, to give everyone the chance to experience a range of wine that is affordable, and to educate the public on how great wine can be made in as little as a bucket and carboy on your kitchen counter. They source their grapes and fruits from top viniferous regions around the globe, as well as from local farms and backyards right in Henderson county. Paul is an extremely knowledgable person in wine making!
All in all we had an amazing time on this tour! We met several great new friends- Larry & Karen, Brad & Hope, Attorney Carol, Ms Kim, Frank & his wife among several others. How blessed to enjoy our trip together And making new great friends! We had so much fun That both of us hated for it to end.
On Sunday we slept in, and then i gave Thomas a poem I wrote and he gave me a poem he wrote! PRICELESS to me!!!!! I Love nothing more than sweet words of affection in a poem from my sweet husband! Next, off to downtown Historic Hendersonville, Nc. Seeing how Sunday was our actual anniversary, Thomas took us to Mezzaluna Italian restaurant to have a celebratory lunch. We had Roasted Eggplant with Caramelized Red Onion Bruschetta and Banana Peppers stuffed with Hot Italian Sausage in Basil & Garlic Tomatoe Sauce, MaMa Mia!!! Magnifico!!!!!
We strolled through the downtown, pillaging through the shops and meeting wonderful shop owners. We found some very very old postcards of Bethesda Fountain in Central Park NYC, the place where Thomas proposed to me & where we spent part of our honeymoon last year. Then lastly before leaving, Mikes on Main- the first soda fountain shoppe once was the old Justus Pharmacy. Thomas enjoyed an Egg Creme NY style and I had a Hot Fudge Sundae…
How blessed we are to have the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary in such a sweet way! Of course the time was way too short & we had hoped to go to Italy, but it’s doubtful that the sweetness we shared together, the intimacy and enjoyment we had together, the new kind friends we met; could’ve been had in Italy. We will get to Italy! Not just once but many times I believe. But this time was meant for us from Jesus to focus on each other, to remember it was Jesus alone who put us together and it is Jesus at the center of our marriage Who will sustain us for a lifetime! We declared to each other before marriage that we wanted to be an example for other couples, if there’s anything we want others to know its about taking the time to love each other the way you did while dating, taking the time to be alone together to keep the intimacy burning, and continue your personal relationship with Jesus, praying for each other & walking in continual love and forgiveness. You won’t regret it!
Thank You again to everyone who made our Wedding Day so beautiful and memorable for us a year ago! We enjoyed reminiscing over it all together! We Love every one of you!!!!!
The Lord is Good!!!!! ❤