Trip to Black Ankle Vineyards

Awesome friends: Check. Good wine: Check. Good food: Check. Good times: check, check, check.

Had a wonderful afternoon with a group of great friends at Black Ankle Vineyards in Mt. Airy, Maryland. The vineyard was beautiful and the wine was delicious (albeit a little on the expensive side, but definitely worth it). The only thing that would have made this day better was a little bit of sunshine, but hey, what are you gonna do?

I leave you now with the rarest of all jumping pictures, the never before seen quint-unison-jump!

 

Now for the outtake reel:

The “Jumped the Gun” Jump Shot

The "Just a Smidge Too Early" Jump Shot

The "Not Too Shabby but We Can Do Better" Jump Shot

The "So Diana Thinks She Can Dance" Jump Shot

The "My Friends are Amazing For Jumping One Last Time" Jump Shot

Thank you so much to Joey, Kat, Chris, Sara, Emily B., Kacie, Bill, Emily E. and Mike for coming out to Black Ankle for the afternoon for a little day-drinking to celebrate my birthday! You all are the best! xoxoxo


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Take Me Away

Post Challenge: Describe your dream vacation.

Prepare yourself, because if I’m dreaming, I’m going to dream big – but also within reason so I can imagine that YES maybe ONE DAY this could actually come to fruition.

So in my dreams, I’m able to take a month off from work for this three-part dream vacation. The first leg of the trip would be the adventure portion – an African Safari. Having done little more than a Google search in preparation for this part of my dream vacation, I can’t tell you exactly which country I would go on Safari in, but it doesn’t matter as long as I could see Lions, Tigers and Bear Giraffes, Elephants and maybe a Rhino or two.

I would definitely want to stay in rustic-cabiney-tent type shelter, like this one. See me sitting on the outdoor chaise? I mean, who wouldn’t want to wake up to an elephant. Pass the bug net!

So after about a week in Africa, I’d hop on the plane for the Greek Isles! This portion of the vacation I call Re…lax…ation. I’d want to stay a few nights in Santorini with a view like this one – soak up the sun, eat delicious food and run up and down the windy cliff-side roads belting out Abba tunes pretending I’m in “Mama Mia!” (Christine, please tell me you did this while in Greece.)

After that I’d charter a yacht (because we’re still dreaming a bit) to cruise through some of the Greek islands. I’d snorkle in hidden coves and relax on deserted sandy beaches. Ahhh…are you falling in love yet? Because I am.

After about a week of heaven-on-earth, I’d be off to Italy for a food and wine tour – Ciao bella! This portion of the trip is all about the culture. And it’s a strategic move to do Italy last because I fully intend to gain at least 10 pounds and I can’t be running around Greece with that extra baggage. How amazing does all this food look? Pizza in Italy is other-worldly.

The cheeses, the meats, the sauce, the herbs, the LOVE. I’m drooling. Literally, pass me a napkin.

In addition to the food and wine, I’d explore the art, history and culture of Florence, Tuscany, Sicily, Naples, Rome and Milan.

You know what, I think I need to add some extra time to this dream vacation. Make it 5 weeks. I’ll need at least 12 days for my tour of Italy.

After 5 weeks I’d return home fat, happy, tanned, and enriched. Now I’m off to play the lottery! O, and who’s watching the dogs???

Your turn! What would your dream vacation be?

Love!

How great are these wine bottle tags from a company called popptags! You can find a whole slew of witty and creative tags at their website, I highly suggest you check it out.  The two above – that so perfectly describes every bottle of wine I’ve ever given as a gift!!! I totally shop for fun labels that remind me of the person I’m giving the bottle to. Lord only knows what they taste like. I think I’ll have to order some of these tags come holiday time; at least I can be honest about the wine I’m giving ;).

Something to Wine About

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First, apologies for the recent spat of bloggers block…I fell off the wagon but am hoping to hop back on now!

Wanted to quickly post about my amazing friend filled and action packed weekend. It kicked off with an awesome Friday happy hour with the one and only Pam101 over in her U street neighborhood. Cheap beer, greasy food and fun conversation – what else can a girl ask for? HH was followed up with dinner at Cactus Cantina with Kate and Amy, friends and former co-workers. It has been a long time since I saw those gals so there was lots of things to catch up on!

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon and we are at my favorite part of the weekend – wine tour in Virginia! Joey and I went with my bestie, Alex and her bf Anthony. Drove up to Loudoun county with our first winery stop in mind, and just played it by ear from there. Four wineries, countless glasses of wine and 6 bottles to take home later….we made our way to Charlestown West Virginia to watch horse races and play slot machines (I’ve inherited a love for quater slot machines from my mom and grandmother haha). Needless to say it was a whirlwind day.

I want to reflect on the wineries a bit, because while I’ve been to wine festivals before this was my first experience with visiting the actual vineyards and doing the tastings. I found the whole experience extremely wonderful. There’s something about being around these people who dedicate their lives to wine that makes you wish you too could slow down a bit and appreciate all the finer things in life. Stop and smell the grapes if you will 🙂

So I know I’ve talked about moving to the beach, but now I want to open a vineyard at my house by the sea. Grapes can grow near the ocean, right? 😉