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Grape Tastin with the Folks



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By now, besides fashion you know I like wine. We visited one of the 75 nearest wineries with my parents when they visited last weekend. An easy drive, as well as a pleasant one, North Carolina lines it’s roads at times with yellow fields of flowers, unlike some areas of Pennsylvania ,or dirt roads of the Carolinas, where potholes are more abundant on roadways than yellow petals. My parents were impressed with the large stone building, beautiful fountain and the large surrounding grounds with gazebos, large vineyard, and scenery. We ate at the Bistro, and there were many sumpscious dishes to choose from. I picked crusted grouper with creamed spinach, some cornbread, and of course a wine pairing, called 3 red, which was to my liking, as it was a dry, somewhat fruity wine. After eating, we did some wine tasting, my husband and I the dry, my parents the sweet. Boy, I new they were in for some winces when they got to the Muscadine grape! Whew, is that sweet. I stay away from any syrupy dessert tasting wine, and enjoyed the pinot grigio, as well as their 3 blend, and chardoney. I know you are thinkin’ ” Where are my folks?” Well, we ended up exploring the grounds as they did, so I know my dad got pictures as well.  Overall, it was a lovely day.

My outfit was another of my black lace skirts via Ann Taylor, with peplum top as a staple. I needed some blue in the wardrobe, so bought this blue and mint green necklace at Charming Charlies, a new store near us, where teenage girls and older ladies alike, can feel like a kid in a candy store when it comes to accessories. My shoes you are familiar with , and my Brahmin added color matching the necklace I was wearing, in addition to some texture from the bag

Have a Great day!

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  • Sandra T
    Posted at 18:03h, 14 May Reply

    Hi Jess
    Love the outfit and the winery! I thought for sure for a minute it was Napa and to think it’s NC where I’ve recently relocated to! We are into wines as well and would love to know where this is / what winery. Can you share? Love your blog too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:08h, 14 May Reply

      Sure Sandra. I can’t remember when but I did another fashion post with this winery when just my husband and I went. It is called Childress Vineyards, about an hour-1: 15 north of Lake Norman ( where I am) or 2 hours North of Charlotte. I would love it if you could follow my blog on Bloglovin ( a button you press on the right), often times I do posts about the local wine bars, entertainment and such. Where are you in NC? Glad you liked the outfit as well. I love fashion and especially skirts if you see on my blog.

      • Sandra T
        Posted at 16:28h, 15 May Reply

        Thanks for the information Jess! We moved to the Raleigh area from Boston in January. My husband and I love wine – particularly reds. We lived in Europe for 3 years and northern California for 6 months (among a few other places over the last 12 years) so have had lots of experience tasting and experimenting! I’m 52 and feel 32 but gravity is taking over unfortunately! I love clothes and especially dresses and skirts. I joined your blog and look forward to your posts!

        • Jess Jannenga
          Posted at 17:13h, 15 May Reply

          No problem Sandra. I bet you are glad to be in a warmer climate. My husband and I love reds as well. I am a huge fan of Spanish wines, I love tempranillos, malbecs, Granache. I also love Pinot Noir, you just have to find a good Vineyard. I have not been to Europe, we hope to make it to Italy for our 15th Ann ( 2 yrs), and I have enjoyed many Vineyards, trying different wines, as well as tasting myself. I am 45, but feel younger as well.. although I do think of it as a number. Ah.. gravity , I am sure you still look great. I am mostly a skirt girl, but will wear shorts in the summer here, it gets hot. So don’t be surprised if you see shorts on my posts coming up… I will follow up with dresses and skirts too. Thanks for joining 🙂

          • Sandra T
            Posted at 17:27h, 15 May

            Hi Jess
            Let me know when you start planning your trip to Italy. It was our favorite place of all – we took 4 visits there (long weekends and week long vacations). Our very best friends got married in a little village in Tuscany. It was idyllic. We will definitely be planning a trip back once I retire – have even thought of moving there but don’t think that’s going to happen! My favorite reds are cab sav, syrah and malbecs as well but I love most! Also most whites except for California chardonnays. We were totally enamored with them before we moved to Europe but now too buttery/oaky for the palate. Love a great crisp French white chardonnay which is nothing like the californian. We loved our time in CA too though and got to spend a lot of time in Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino. We just avoided the chards….:-) Unfortunately shorts are my nemesis – I hate myself in shorts – thus the love for skirts and maxi dresses. I do love how you like Ann Taylor – one of my favs as well. Can always find a classic piece there. I just found and ordered several items from Covered Perfectly that I absolutely love and can’t wait to wear!

  • garaytreasures
    Posted at 15:56h, 13 May Reply

    I love our local winery, but it’s been a few months since I have been. Seems amazing. My hubby makes wine from home so we enjoy that often.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:23h, 13 May Reply

      Oh, I would love that. We have some good wines in NC, must I must admit most of the good wines are imported. Sounds great you can enjoy it at home!!

  • Red Reticule
    Posted at 21:41h, 12 May Reply

    I love this black ensemble. Very elegant and ladylike and the lace skirt brings a little twist into the look.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 07:49h, 13 May Reply

      Thank you. As I mentioned on your blog, we have quite a few tastes, clothes in common. I appreciate the feedback. I wanted to look nice at the Vineyard. Stop by again. I would love if we could follow each other. xx jess

  • Daenel (@DaenelT)
    Posted at 23:53h, 11 May Reply

    Sounds like you had a nice time.

    I like your outfit, so chic. I love lace skirts because they’re so feminine yet edgy. That bag is to die for!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 00:24h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you very much! I did have a nice time. There are a ton of vineyards in NC. I appreciate the compliment. I too, love lace skirts, I think for mostly the same reason. I am wearing lace skirts throughout my blog. The bag is a Brahmin. I love nice handbags, but this color caught my attention, as well as its structure. Check out Ebay, that is where I get most of my deals on handbags. Nice to meet you, stop by again. Jess

  • iwouldsorockthis
    Posted at 22:38h, 11 May Reply

    I’ve never been to a winery before!!
    I would love to go one day!
    It seems like you had an awesome time!!

    Loving your outfit and your gorgeous statement necklace!!

    I am having a fashion party link up. I would love if you’d come join!!

    Have a beautiful start to a wonderful week pretty girl!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 00:21h, 12 May Reply

      THank you so much! I appreciate such lovely comments. Yes, Vineyards and wineries are a lot of fun, especially this one due to its scenery. Thank you for the invite, I will check out your blog regarding the link up too. Have a great week as well! jess

  • Nicole
    Posted at 11:00h, 11 May Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It looks like you had a great time. Wine tasting is so much fun! The lace skirt looks great on you and I love a peplum top!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:21h, 11 May Reply

      Thanks Nicole. Yes, this is one of our favorite vineyards, many more to try out in the NC region. I appreciate the compliment on the outfit.

  • Bailey
    Posted at 17:43h, 09 May Reply

    What a gorgeous necklace!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:47h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you. I love costume jewerly, and this one wasn’t too big for my taste. Come by again 🙂 jess

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 21:22h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you! I really need some blues in my wardrobe and liked the size of it as well. Stop by again! jess xx

  • Michelle
    Posted at 17:02h, 09 May Reply

    amazing view! I love your statement necklace too.

    hope you have an amazing weekend!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:09h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Michelle. Good to have you to the site. The place is amazing! I am a big fan of statement necklaces, I just dont like ones that are too big, and I wanted blue so this one worked for me 🙂 Have a nice weekend too

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all
    Posted at 15:53h, 09 May Reply

    Wow! You rocked that look from head to toe! I love everything about the outfit! And the backdrop could’t be prettier either! Hope you have a great weekend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:05h, 09 May Reply

      Thanks so much!! I would love if we could follow each other. I appreciate the feedback about the outfit I put together. Would love to wear some cool looking stilletos or the lace up sandals, but I can’t wear heels. Manufacturers are making prettier ones too for people that can’t wear high heels. The vineyard is very pretty! Enjoy your weekend too.

  • Monika
    Posted at 13:28h, 09 May Reply

    Hi jess,
    what a good time at the Vineyard with your family. And what a lovely outfit.The Peplum top and your lace skirt are beautiful and go very well with your bag and the pretty necklace.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:36h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Monika. Yes, Vineyard visiting is one of my favorite thing to do!! I love trying new wines. I appreciate your comment on my outfit 🙂 I just bought the necklace, as I needed some blue too. Have a great weekend!
      jess xo

  • aaarnold
    Posted at 12:40h, 09 May Reply

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Just followed you on Facebook. The winery looks amazing!

    Xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:51h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you. Yes, I wanted to dress up a bit for the occasion, and we have a few more in the NC region of where we are, this is a fav though. I appreciate you following on FB!

  • Lady of Stylea
    Posted at 10:31h, 09 May Reply

    What a difference to see you in black following your pastels or brighter pink recently. I equally love black on you, Jess. A beautiful dressed up look, perfect for the occasion and the weather.
    Sounds like an awesome day with your parents at the winery!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:23h, 09 May Reply

      Thank you Annette! Yes, I do have quite a few blush and pastel colors. I am short on tops this season, so I will have to spend my $ there next. You know how I love skirts. We had a great time, that Vineyard is a favorite and my parents were never there. Thank you for the lovely comments, you may be surprised at some outfits for next week. Have a great weekend!! Jess xx

  • Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
    Posted at 09:48h, 09 May Reply

    What a pretty ensemble….love the peplum & such a lovely lace skirt too!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 09 May Reply

      Thanks so much Rebecca. Yes, we had a great time at the Vineyard, and this outfit is not only comfortable, but I am a big fan of peplum tops. Thanks so much for your comment, come by again!

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