Saturday, Barbara and I, along with six friends from our Bible study group, went wine tasting at wineries along the Madera Wine Trail. OK, I can already hear some raise the question – “Christians and wine drinking are taboo”. Not so, read your Bible. Wine was the beverage of choice and Jesus’ first recorded miracle was to make exquisite tasting wine out of water at a wedding in Cana. So get over it.
Being Valentines weekend, it was their “Wine and Chocolate” weekend. I’m all for the chocolate part! Now Barbara has been a wine connoisseur for as long as I have known her. My affectionate term for her is my “wine snob” so I liked this floor mat in the gift area at Birdstone Winery.
She can converse with the best of them about the flavors, aroma, intricate tastes and throws out funny terms like “this wine has great legs”. Now I saw some great legs too, one pair in a mini skirt, heels and interesting fishnet stockings – but I didn’t think it would be in good taste (pun intended) to photograph them.
If you haven’t figured out by now, I am always the designated driver. I either like or don’t like the wine. It better be sweet or forget it – something I find most wine snobs turn up their noses at. Thus I was the odd man out on this trip. Instead, I like to visit wineries because most have interesting photo opportunities. Wineries are usually picturesque places. So my curiosity was aroused to see what Madera area wineries had to offer the camera.
Instead of a wrist band showing you paid for all the tastes you can handle, the Designated Drivers were treated as VIP’s with our own special badge:
Badge was cool – it allowed us in free to all the chocolate and cheese tasting and it also came with a gift certificate for some great treats at local eateries. Photography and good treats – the makings of a great day. I saw a lot of limousines and even big charter buses full of people arriving at the wineries. I wonder what their drivers got? At least the tasters had a safe ride home.
More posts to come about each of the 5 wineries we visited.