by guest blogger Melody Kenoyer
My husband Matt and I went to a friend’s birthday bash on a Sunday afternoon. This was a milestone 50th birthday party and her husband wanted to do it right. And right he did! For a foodie like Teresa, he put out a gourmet spread at a local winery.
Heritage Oak Winery is nestled in between farmland and the Mokelumne River just east of Lodi, California. As soon as we drove up the drive and past the century old farmhouse, we knew this was a special place. It has the charm of a farm and not an ounce of pretentiousness. We felt welcome and relaxed as soon as we stepped out of the car.
The large patio in between the house and the tasting room barn was the perfect casual setting for this wine drinking crowd. The wine flowed and friends mingled. Cars came and went all afternoon and people brought their dogs along with gifts and more food.
Matt and I decided to go for a little walk through the vineyard. The sun felt great after sitting in the shade, a bit of a crisp breeze kept us cool. Teresa mentioned that a huge tree had fallen during the rainy winter months and the trail was washed out. We decided to stay in the sunny vineyard instead of exploring further.
Heritage Oak Winery has some upcoming bird walks each month with a birding expert that I will definitely come back for, information is on their website under events.
I’ve turned down a lot of events over the summer. Going to something like this has really opened my eyes.
We all have busy lives, I get that. But I know that busy doesn’t always mean productive. Sometimes we just get sucked into our routines without stopping to take a breath and really live and enjoy the day. If I had bowed out of this invite then I might have a clean bathroom or maybe my yard would look nice until the next storm blew in. What I gained by going was an appreciation of seeing what a family has built over the past hundred years and how graciously they share it with folks like us.
Matt and I spent a lovely afternoon with friends in a wonderful, outdoor setting that we will definitely make a part of future weekends. If you haven’t spent any time wandering through the vineyards on a sunny afternoon, I highly recommend it. Their wine is delicious too.
If you plan a trip, pack a light picnic lunch, hit the tasting room, go enjoy a nice walk and bring a couple of bottles home to enjoy. We’ll be back!
- Posted by Tom Hoffman
- On November 4, 2017
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