Every year, on the weekend closest to Valentine's Day, there are two different wine trails nearby. Some people are surprised to find out how many wineries are in our area--there are actually a lot of them! On Sunday, after several days of rain, the weather was really nice and so after church we headed off.
Mark is the person you want if you are going wine tasting. He drinks water. Which makes him an excellent designated driver. Our first stop was at a small winery called Nonini, where the owners have been making wine for over 75 years. Mark had designed a kitchen remodel for the owner several years ago.
For some reason, Mark had worn a jacket he doesn't really wear that often. It has a label that says "Minnesota"--I think we probably bought it in the Minneapolis airport. A woman noticed his jacket right away, and of course asked, "Are you from Minnesota?" It turns out they were both from southern Minnesota, from towns seven miles apart. We ended up chatting to Sonya and her husband for at least half an hour, as she and Mark discovered they knew many people in common. It was so surreal. They were so nice and we plan on having them over for a Minnesota dinner, which will no doubt involve hot dish, salad with Thousand Island dressing, jello, corn and brownies.
Engelmann Cellars. They have outdoor concerts and wine tasting every Friday night starting in May, which sounds like something to do before the weather gets too hot.
Have a happy Thursday.