Monday, March 25, 2013

Vineyards, Rain, Wine...

This is the get-away that Mr. C and I took last week.  We enjoyed our time even though you can see the weather was extremely grey and wet.  It rained but not so badly that we couldn't drive and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  Vineyards are amazing in all stages of growth...from little sprouts to fully laden with leaves and grapes.

One of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen.  The sense of arrival is majestic.  The brick work stunning.  I would like to be the Princess in this Palace.

You can see from the front door the beautiful portico and vineyards beyond.  I can only imagine my dream car sitting here awaiting to take me shopping.  Yes, I do have a vivid imagination!

Inside is the most amazing woodwork.  I understand there is a master craftsman that only builds staircases for very high-end wineries.

Every ceiling is beyond spectacular.  The layers and lighting are truly beautiful.  More brickwork on a fabulous fireplace.  

I would be happy just to have this brick bridge.  The art of it is fabulous.  I do love brickwork.
Because it was raining so much we were not able to sit outdoors at the tables to eat our picnic lunch so we merely sat inside the car and enjoyed our nibbles along with these amazing views.   After all crumbs do clean up nicely.

This is another winery we visited.  Can you imagine they were offering tours outdoors even in the rain.  No thank you...especially for $20 per person.  Oh did I mention that wine tastings are not free?!!

Here is a statue of St. Francis.  I thought this photo was appropriate in honor of the new Pope.

Here is the friendliest and most knowledgeable  winery we visited.  We spent quite a long time here.

Mr. C and "Larry" got along quite well.  Larry was extremely fun and shared so much knowledge about wines and wineries and grapes that Mr. C really enjoyed.  He also liked some of the wines and we did purchase a few bottles.
All in all it was a wonderful short get-away.  In spite of the rain it did not dampen our spirits at all.

Now it is time to get in the studio and get my hands messy for Easter.   More on that in the next post.
Our weather is glorious.  Sunshine and Spring.  The yellow pollen is covering everything.  Flowers are blooming.  Actually the rain we had while we were gone really hammered my daffodils.  Some are not recovering as they actually got broken stems from the downpour.
May you have Spring and Sunshine and no more snow or storms.  Stay safe and warm no matter what Mother Nature gives us.
Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...


  1. Thanks for taking us on your tour, Sherry. My, can you imagine living like that! I'd be willing to try for a day or two! :)

  2. I LOVE this wine tour you took me on, Sherry! It has been a while since I got to visit one here in the Niagara area. If you are a princess in that palace, can I have, wine...with you?!

  3. Hi Sherry, What a wonderful getaway. Looks like such an amazing place to visit. Your pics are fabulous. Would be nice to be the princess in that palace. Sure is nice to dream.
    Looks like you have a project in the works.
    Wishing you a special Easter week.

  4. What a gorgeous winery. Sounds like you had a wonderful time despite the gloomy weather. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  5. What a fun getaway sorry it rained! At least you got inside one to have some samples!

  6. I so agree that is a beautiful house or should I say mansion. Sounds like a great trip shame about the weather, at least you did not have thick snow like we have here.

  7. What a gorgeous place. I wouldn't mind having my car waiting for me to go shopping as well. Happy to know that Mr. C and you had a great getaway.
    Our weather is cold again in Miami. Crazy being March. The sun was out yesterday and this morning its cold. Not to bad only 56. But for Florida that is cold.
    Happy crafting to you. Ana

  8. Sherry, it sounds like a delightful get-away. The wineries look splendid, and I can just imagine the wine tastings and meandering through the castle. It's wonderful we can have vivid dreams, isn't it?

  9. I love wine so this is definitely my kinda getaway. Friends and I did a wine tour in the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York. Such a great time. Wishing you a wonderful week. Tammy

  10. What a fantastic tour, you had with your husbond, dear Sherry.
    That building is amazing, truly a princes castle almost, and so beautiful both inside and out!
    Must also have been fun in the friendly winery you visited,-it looks lovely there-and very cosy tasting a few wines.
    Happy creating for easter Sherry, anjoy being messy :-)

  11. Even in the rain it looks like you had a good time. I haven't been to Napa for a long time and wouldn't mind doing it again. That winery building is so gorgeous. Think about cleaning it and you will be happy to visit and leave.

    Your poor feet. Will we women ever learn.



  12. I'm smitten with the bridge, too! I always thought it would be so romantic to have one on a piece of property. Someday, right? Glad you had an enjoyable break with your sweetie.. memories, for sure!

  13. What a beautiful place for a get-away. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.


  14. Sounds like a fun trip despite the weather. Hubby and I are going to take off for Easter weekend. Oh, I can't wait till flowers are blooming here. Soon, soon!

  15. Sounds like a wonderful time Sherry - and that is definitely quite the building. I can see you too, roaring off in your fancy car, diamonds sparkling on your wrist as you wave good-bye!
    I am so glad you are having sunny, warm weather - we are as well, and the snow is almost gone now. It feels so good to be out and about in the sunshine, and it feels good to be inside sewing, looking out at it too!

  16. what a charming, beautiful place! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful easter!

  17. Well, wine isn't my thing, but the grounds are usually quite beautiful. As you have shown us here. What a nice getaway and I'm glad to know you didn't let the rain stop you from enjoying it.


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