Saturday was Office Fun Day! Superman and his partners invite the office staff and their spouses to a day where we they put the office stress behind them and enjoy each other’s company doing something fun. I don’t work there but I get to tag along because I’m a spouse. And that’s a good thing.
We’ve gone to the Biltmore Estate, white water river rafting, overnight in Charleston, and this weekend-Mountain Brook Vineyards.We piled into the rental van and drove the quick 45 minutes across the N.C. line to this beautiful oasis.
When we arrived, Dennis, the owner, gave us a tour of the facilities and an education in how he makes his wine. Dennis had a couple of long careers as a business owner, then as a lawyer. Now he is living out the life as a vintner. He does it all…plants, prunes, picks, presses and pours. It must be what keeps him looking so young.
All of the grapes are grown on his 7.5 acres vineyard, hand picked and hand pressed in this cool contraption. There’s just something that makes the wine taste that much better when the time and care has been put in it.
Dennis loves what he does and is eager to share his knowledge with you. I thought the barrels were beautiful and interesting, so he took me by my hand to teach me and Heather about the markings on the end. I think I remember it right.
I thought each of the wines were delicious. The Chardonnay was especially smooth, which surprised many. Dennis revealed that his Chardonnay is smooth because of his malolactic acid process. (huh. Don’t I sound like I know what I’m talking about? )The Rose’ is usually thought of as a very sweet non-drinkers wine, but this one is a refreshing blend of different grapes. I think it would be a wonderful summer drink. I really liked it.
Wine is great, but dogs have our heart. This is Otto. Otto and his grandfather, are in charge of keeping the deer and other critters from eating the grapes. Poor Otto. He’s only about a year and a half and he just hasn’t quite gotten the hang of his duties yet. Miriam, Dennis’s wife, says that Otto has been fired many times when they have seen him being totally oblivious to the fact that several deer are standing just a few feet away munching away on tasty grapes. Otto!
Miriam introduced Amanda and I to their golden retriever, Goldie, up at their house. (I don’t have a picture of Goldie because she was waayyy too wiggley. Just so happy to see us and get scratched behind the ears.) The main floor has windows all around which provided a spectacular view.
When it got dark, the setting was beautiful. The cool night air was perfect. The chef and his wife from their restaurant Huckleberry’s cooked up a delicious evening.
Our meal began with a butternut squash soup, which was to die for! Then followed by a tasty fresh salad with an apple cider vinaigrette and the main course of either grilled steak or salmon. Yum! But of course my favorite was dessert- homemade cheesecake with plum and apple compote and an apple cinnamon mousse. Mmmmm…..