Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A little wine, and I'm feelin' fine

On Saturday evening, we went out to one of our favorite local wineries, Old House Vineyards, for their Summer Sunsets concert series. C & I packed up a picnic and met our friends, Stephanie and Chris, out in Culpeper for an evening of live music, gorgeous views, and delicious wine. Could there be anything better? Methinks not.

I first learned about the Summer Sunsets concerts back in January when we went wine tasting at Old House for my birthday, and I'd made a mental note that it would be fun to attend. I'd only been to the winery in the winter, so hadn't had much of an opportunity to see the beautiful property. It was well worth the wait!

We brought a variety of snacks for dinner, and munched on guacamole, hummus, chicken salad, veggies, crackers, and the like while listening to a guy with a guitar serenade the crowd all evening. It has actually been decent weather around here lately (rather than sweltering hot and suffocatingly humid, per usual), and we were perfectly comfortable sitting outdoors for a few hours, watching the view change as the sun went down.

The event at Old House is free to the public (awesome), and most glasses of their wine were $5 for a very generous pour (more like 2 glasses, if you ask me!). It was a cheap date for sure (minus the bottles of wine we bought to bring home), and we had such a great time! There were a good number of people in attendance, and we saw everything from fancy picnics with gourmet food to families with little kids and buckets of fried chicken. We fit right in with our appetizer-dinner, and it was quick and easy to transport.

Our first official photo.. this makes us real-life friends now, and not blog-friends, right? :)
This was easily one of my favorite nights of this summer - there is nothing I like better than sitting around chatting with friends over food and drink, and when you add music to the mix, it's just about perfect. I am looking forward to the next time we get to visit Old House for Summer Sunsets - which I actually think will be next weekend! Because why not. Summer only lasts so long!

So tell me...
  • Do you like to visit wineries? Do you have a favorite?
  • What's your favorite low-key summer activity?
  • Red or white wine? I generally lean towards red in the winter, and white in the summer.


Aileen @ Morsels and Moonshine said...

So jealous that I missed it! Looks like you had a great time!

Sam @ reddyorknot.blogspot.com said...

Oh my goodness I miss wineries! I've never been to that one but the concert series sounds so fun!

S Ganeeban said...

Yes, yes, yes! I love going wine tasting. Luckily, I live fairly close to plenty of options in each direction :) My favorite low key summer activity is kayaking at the lake or just having a picnic at the park...as long as it's not too hot! Red, Cab Sav for sure, but lately I'm diggin' the Chards :) I like it all, I'm by no means a wine snob, but I do appreciate the good stuff!!

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life said...

It's sad that it has taken us this long to get an official photo! But I guess that really does make us real life friends (just in case hockey games, book club and beer making didn't count already)!

Meghan said...

Wow - I am sold! I'll have to add this to my "Must" list and head out there!

I am a new-ish follower to your blog, but have really loved getting to know you a bit. So, I nominated you for a Liebster award. http://whenlmetm.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-liebster-awards.html

Lisa C said...

There are a ton of Groupons and Living Social deals for wineries around here. Every time I go to one, I imagine myself buying a winery near Blacksburg.

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

Beautiful pics and I'm loving the title of your post!

Faith Thomas said...

Wine tasting is one of the most fun activities ever. We live in Perth and it’s a short drive out to the Margaret River. We’re on a mission to visit every winery in the area that opens their cellar door. It’s so much fun to spend the day learning about wine, eating locally grown produce and enjoying the odd musical interlude. Winery tours rock!

Faith Thomas @ The Berry Farm