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A Tale of Two Vineyards




My family was over from Pittsburgh last week, and we decided to go to a familiar dog-friendly vineyard: Round Peak Vineyard. Let’s just say Dickens said it best when he wrote ” It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”






You all know how much we love to go to vineyards here in NC and the first visit was just us and the pups. We met the owner, and she was lovely! Very down to earth, loved dogs, told us about the bottle of wine we purchased. It was a sunny day, the view was just beautiful of the vineyard as we sat sipping our crisp, fruity but dry white chardonnay. We conversed with a couple who makes the rounds to various nearby vineyards and just enjoyed walking with the pups and having lunch. An upbeat owner, busy at the time, was happy to tell me about the bottle I just purchased.

Fast forward a month, to when we visited with my parents to the same vineyard. The day was cloudy, somewhat overcast, but we knew we would be under shelter, had great food from Fresh Market, and would enjoy a tasting when we got there, so we were out for an entertaining and joyful day regardless of the weather, it is spring after all!

We got there to the tasting room, and a very unpleasant woman, wearing a pink top with silver sparkles, I thought perhaps indicative of her mood, waited ( barely) on us. The four of us sat on stools and the woman had a very tense, unpleasant presence as she did nothing but pour us the wine checked off on our sheets. No explanation of the particular unique grapes, no talking, no information ( which is what I love about wine tasting being a former educator and lover of wine). I had heard there was a rare grape that was used there, yet when I asked a question, there was a snappy answer with tone. As we all sat in silence, I thought, “Boy, this is supposed to be fun!” I didn’t want my parents to think this was the first impression they had.

So, we decided to make our own fun, talking about how a robot may have been of better service..There were wines named ” Euphoria”, “Flirtation”, ” Excitement” and I wanted to hear the story of those wines, but figured it wasn’t going to happen, even though I said, I  really need to taste some euphoria!!

The day turned out lovely after all, we enjoyed each other’s company, and had delicious wine and food. Mom dressed in cargos and blue, the blue hues looking great with mom’s white hair.  I decided to dress in a yellow print with brush strokes of pale blue and blush, and dress it up a bit while wearing my blush blazer, and my favorite new fringe gladiator sandals I saw on Debbie HERE.

Despite the fact we first had “sour grapes” !

Enjoy the week!!

Jess xo


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  • Michael's Fashion Blog
    Posted at 13:15h, 18 August Reply

    Lovely post. I see it has been up for a few years, but still relevant. Pleasure reading the post.

  • TheBoxQueen
    Posted at 18:34h, 11 June Reply

    Can totally relate to your story as the story behind the wine is what makes wine tasting fun for me too. Great to hear though your day turned better after the initial sour grapes you had to deal with. <3 Your outfit is super fun! LOVE the sandals, and the blazer is so pretty. Happy Thursday! XOXO, Elif

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:55h, 12 June Reply

      Thank you ! Yes so true. Glad you like the outfit as well, and enjoy the weekend! xx

  • Tianna
    Posted at 11:51h, 11 June Reply

    love this outfit! gorgeous skirt 🙂 you look really nice in this outfit!

  • Elle
    Posted at 23:22h, 09 June Reply

    Well you look stunning, so no sour grapes for you! and you and your won fun, which is the best kind, although I would have loved to know more about those wines and why they were labeled as such. Soft your blush blazer one you, it is perfect. Love the textures of the black bag, too, everything is perfectly and softly composed…
    like a fine wine! did you drink Rose with that blush jacket?
    xx, Elle

  • Beata
    Posted at 14:13h, 09 June Reply

    I love your style Jess ! You look amazing in your floral dress 🙂 x


  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 00:02h, 09 June Reply

    It is so pitty than the service almost ruin your lovely day with the family. But you look beautiful and no unpleasant woman could not take this from you.o)

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 00:15h, 09 June Reply

      Thanks so much Anna! We had fun anyway, but it was a bit of a bummer at first. You are sweet, glad you like the outfit! See you tomorrow lovely! xx

  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 23:32h, 08 June Reply

    Service is so key to any establishment especially if there’s lots of competition. Glad you guys made the best of the situation. I adore this floral dress.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 00:14h, 09 June Reply

      thanks so much Alice, so very true! Glad you like the look! see you tomorrow. xx

  • beautybymissl
    Posted at 18:04h, 08 June Reply

    Another great outfit from you! I love your style!

    Come and link up at http://www.beautybymissl.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:11h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks so much! This sundress I really like, no jacket needed soon! I look forward to seeing you tomorrow. xx

  • Grace Liang
    Posted at 15:04h, 08 June Reply

    Very interesting story! I am glad that you still had fun with your family! Vineyard is on my list to try this year too! 😉 Love your outfit and you always have great colors on you!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 15:17h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks so much Grace, Yes, we made our own fun, and enjoyed it when the owner was there. Glad you like the outfit, and look forward to seeing you tomorrow! xx

  • Posh Prime
    Posted at 12:31h, 08 June Reply

    I hate when you think something is going to be fun and it isn’t…such a bummer. I love your pretty floral dress with the blush blazer! Those earrings are so fun too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:44h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks Megan!! We made our own fun anyway with the company , food and wine. Glad you like the look! I am looking for some long gladiator sandals, like you have can you send me a message on where you got yours? See you tomorrow lovely!! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 11:42h, 08 June Reply

    Sorry for the crabby host! At least you had each other, and you look beautiful. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:51h, 08 June Reply

      Thats what happens sometimes, we still had fun! Thanks you Patti! Will be by and if you can link up tomorrow, would love to see you at TH Tuesday! xx

  • suzannecarillo
    Posted at 11:12h, 08 June Reply

    Sorry for the sour grapes. Funny how the service can change your impression of a place so quickly.

    The shoes are unexpected and wild with this outfit.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:35h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks Suzanne! Thats ok, we made our own fun! Yes, you know me , one wild child! See you tomorrow xx

  • asallows
    Posted at 11:11h, 08 June Reply

    This blush blazer is perfect with the floral dress you’re wearing!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:34h, 08 June Reply

      Thank you ! Glad you like the look, see you tomorrow , xx

  • Pam@over50feeling40
    Posted at 08:19h, 08 June Reply

    Gorgeous outfit from your red hair to the fringe on the sandals! Love it! Happy Monday, Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:38h, 08 June Reply

      Thanks Pam! Glad you like the look, the sandals are so comfy! Same to you! Lookingofrward to seeing you tomorrow for the link up! xx

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