After a week of stormy, surly weather, Saturday was a glorious day! The temperature was perfect and the sky was the most fabulous shade of blue. It was the type of day that forces you to shun all inside activities in seek of Vitamin D. When my sister suggested visiting Gregory Vineyards in Angier, she didn’t have to twist my arm. Without a doubt, Gregory Vineyards always pleases! They are amazing with children, too. As soon as we walked inside, the kids were offered slushies and grape juice. The men chose not to partake in the formal tasting, as they had done that previously. However, my sister and I are infamous samplers….with everything. We jumped at the opportunity for a full tasting. Why commit to an entire glass of anything when you can please your palette with a variety of amazing concoctions? Cheese trays were available for purchase. Of course, you must have cheese with wine!
One thing I love about Gregory is the cozy environment. You are seated at individual tables that are draped in white cloths. The hostess visits each table and conducts a private wine tasting. Summer was our hostess. She was so welcoming and shared a unique story with each wine sample. We always receive personal service and we learn something new about the wines every time we visit. It keeps us coming back for more!
As we sampled, we developed an appreciation of the artistry involved in creating the wines. And, the wine slushies were simply amazing! After our sampling, we joined the kids and men, who were already enjoying bottles of their favorites, Bald Eagle and Muscadine Cider,by the lake. My sister and I bought a bottle of the Stella Mae to share. As we neared the lake, we found the kids, laughing and playing in the grass. How amazing would it be to play corn hole or have a picnic? Inside the winery, there was a painting class being conducted by Wine and Design. The winery also offers massages and hosts special events. Easily, one could spend an entire afternoon at Gregory, allowing time to slip away….
If ever there was a day to enjoy family time and the outdoors, this was it. This visit to the winery was therapy for the soul.
As difficult as it is to believe, we even found time to do some shopping before leaving the winery. We found a wonderful booth that sold handmade items by Lisa Miller. She had all types of beautiful handcrafted bags, checkbook covers, wallets, and more. I couldn’t resist buying a new case for my glasses. Note to self…..these items would make great graduation gifts! You should definitely check out her Etsy store!
Our visit to Gregory Vineyards caused me to reflect on my life. I realized that we have to take time to embrace the things that are most important to us. In a time when life is so busy, it’s easy to succumb to the plethora of to-do lists. Life is short. Tomorrow is not promised. Remember to take pictures, laugh, love, and count your many blessings!