One of the best parts of having a job is having paid vacation days, and I recently took advantage of that. A couple of weeks ago, I took Thursday and Friday off just because. Well, originally I had taken them to work on my Lily and Eve order, but I ended up being ahead of schedule. So those two days went from, "shit I have so much work to do," to, "yay now I can do whatever I want."
My mom (a retired teacher who has every day as a well-deserved paid vacation day) suggested we "do something," so after a little brainstorming, we decided to take a day trip up to Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY. We convinced my aunt to also take a day from work, so the three of us took a nice two hour drive up the New York State Thruway.
We stopped for lunch at Vinum Cafe on the winery grounds. I had a cheese plate which was delicious despite a smattering of some kind of curried cheese monstrosity. Sorry guys, I just can't do curry. I've tried. I can't...but I digress.
Quick history lesson: Brotherhood is America's oldest winery, founded in 1839. It was founded by a church elder who originally made sacramental wine. During Prohibition, the new sneaky winery owners were able to stay up and running because they continued to make this "sacramental wine," but I mean like, come on. We all know what they were really doing.
We bought a tour and tasting package for only $10. The tour guide brought us down into the museum cellars and showed around all the massive old oak wine barrels. She showed us the room set aside for handcrafted champagne that contained lots of bottles furry with mold that's actually supposed to be there. She explained about how the flavors of oak seep into the wine, and how yes, all wine should be served chilled.
After the tour was the tasting. We tried several different types of wines, dry and sweet. I'm not much of a wino, so I'm happy with something white and sweet. Their Riesling was my favorite because it wasn't too sweet, unlike some of the others (one tasted like fermented candy).
After the tasting, we were encouraged to shop around. They offer a 15% discount if you purchase more than twelve bottles, so between the three of us, we were able to make that quota. :)
All in all, it was a great way to spend a day off. So please tell me: do you drink wine? Are you a self-proclaimed wino? If so, what are your preferences?