Flash back Friday all the way to last Saturday.
It started off bright and sunny with a traditional routine. Woke up, made coffee and took Sookie (the dog) for a stroll. I awaited the arrival of my cousin for a day of wine tasting at the Old Sugarmill in Clarksburg- or so we planned.
For some reason things never tend to work out as we plan….
At 1pm we head to the train station- which happens to be very convenient and according to my cousin, a lovely trip from the bay.
Key note to point out at this time of the day, we have yet to get ready, a little lazy Saturday is all.
‘Casually’ dressed, we debate on PF Chang’s or a brunch kind of day (code for bottomless mimosas). Among this decision is always the gluten free factor as my friend is deathly intolerant and we did not want anyone going to the hospital.
PF Chang’s won. One of the best gluten free options – in our opinion. We sat at the bar (my favorite seat in the house), were greeted by a kind gentleman and asked the magic question of what to drink. I chose a crisp and delightful Sauvignon Blanc (the usual lunch wine for me), my cousin went with a ‘creamy’ Chardonnay and my friend went with Angry Orchard hard apple cider.
After good eats, drinks and conversation we were ready to be on our way to the next stop- Old Sugarmill in Clarksburg. Reminder we have yet to get ready. Three women. You probably know where this is going.
Yep, as I mentioned before- things never seem to go as planned. This brings me to a 4:30pm arrival across the river at the Old Sugarmill, due to a few side-tracks, not bad side-tracks, but this just meant we only had a half hour before the entire place closed- EEK!
With little time to spare we took a slight hop, skip and jump across the hall to Merlo Family. With just 5 minutes till closing they were very polite to let us come in, taste and chat a bit as they were cleaning up.
Their Pinot Noir is always a favorite of mine ever since my mom and I received a SCREAMIN’ deal on it for Black Friday- we are now hooked.
We knew the doors were closing and our wine tasting trip was coming to an end but of course we were nowhere near ready to leave one my favorite places. this brings us to the purchase of a bottle of Merlot’s dry Rose’ to enjoy out back in the courtyard before our ride arrived.
Wait! There was a light on in the winery tucked away in back. A figure of a man walking out made us stop in our tracks. He must have noticed the cackling ladies coming around the corner as he stated to our delightful surprise what we always love to hear……
“Would you like to taste some wine”
Um YES. Perry Creek Winery opened after close to let us come in and taste their varietals, all of which we loved and the service was impeccable. I ended up taking home their full bodied, scrumptious bottle of Altitude 2401 Zinfandel 2010- can’t wait to drink it!
It was the opening of doors that made this wine trip stick out for me- of course the delicious wines too- but the simple gesture to invite us in for just those few extra minutes at closing gained a few new customers who will last forever.
Our day of wine tasting finally came to an end. Time to head home with bags of wine and laughter in the air – can’t say our driver loved us, but a few tipsy ladies sure had a great time.
Cheers till the next pick off the vine!