What does a wine tour look like with a bunch of blogging babes? Take a hear-see below.
9 AM: Made ricotta pancakes for breakfast because SUNDAYS. (PS Ricotta pancakes are literally the best ever and so easy to make!)
9:30 AM: Scarfing down said pancakes because I still haven’t showered…or figured out what to wear. GULP. (That’s the sound of me drinking all the coffee)
10 AM: Hop in the shower, text 7 people to ask what they’re wearing. And send my 10 options I’m considering.
10:15: Natalie says they’re all wearing jeans so I put away my suede skirt and pop on my favorite AYR jeans that make my butt look great. I throw on my skinny scarf for good measure.
10:30: Running out the door to meet the girls! I’m so late. Typical. Slowly getting annoyed as the hubby picks TODAY OF ALL DAYS to go the speed limit.
10:50: Pulling in JUST as Reston Limo is arriving. YASSSSSS
10:55: Jump into the bus and literally feel like a BA celebrity. Can I have a super cool guy drive me around all the time THANK YOUUU
11:00: We’re off! I think for a moment how FREAKING EARLY IT IS to be drinking wine but push those thoughts aside as I jump in the limo and pour myself some red wine. Hey, when in Rome.
11:15 First stop - Stone Tower Winery. I’ve been here many times before but I love it more each time I visit. The wine is PHENOM (totes making PHENOM a thing, guys) and the scenery is unparalleled.
11:30 We get greeted with sparkling wine (today is already my favorite day everrr) and start the tour.
11:31 HOLY MOLY there is a band playing “free falling” outside and I want this moment to be the soundtrack of my life.
11:35: We tour the new tasting facility and wine barrel room (which were just being built when I last visited!) Someone is getting married here later today and there’s a “oh I’m totally getting married here someday too…when I meet a guy…” echoing the room.
11:45: Tasting time! We all whip out our phones to see who can take the best Instagram shot. The guy pouring the wine was totally judging us but I would judge me too soo…
12:00: I smell the wines like I know what I’m doing and get a hint of tomato soup on one of them. I’m thrilled that I’ve found a unique scent, so I make sure to tell every girl beside me. And casually mention it multiple times to the guy doing the tasting. He doesn’t get the tomato soup BUT IT IS SO THERE, I swear.
12:30 PM: We’re all good. In fact, we’re SO GOOD. We don’t want to leave. We sit around and talk about just laying out on blankets here, but eventually decide we want to ride in the limo a little more. So we make our way out, but not before taking ALL THE BLOG PHOTOS.
1:00 PM: We’re finally on the road and on our way to Greenhill Winery in Middleburg! I try SO HARD to take in-focus photos in the limo but it’s a major major fail. I could have SWORN they were in focus at the time!
1:30 We arrive at Greenhill. We all semi-stumble out of the bus and are ready for our next tour. I snatch the last piece of french bread for sale at the counter and we’re on our way!
1:45 We hop into a golf cart (which I try desperately hard not to fall out of) and our tour guide takes us around the property.
1:50: We get out of the golf cart and learn about the soil that wine best grows in and I try to ask really smart questions to hide how much wine we’ve already consumed.
2:00: We tour (what I think might be) another tasting area with the sickest furniture. We all ooo and awwww and wish we lived in that house. I contemplate sneaking upstairs to stay there forever but decide against it when they announce we’re riding back to the main tasting room for wine.
2:05 On the way back, the tour guide casually mentions that Bo Derek was just here earlier this week. Oh and so was Meg Ryan. He’s so casual about it and we’re all squealing in the back and secretly googling who Bo Derek is.
2:10 We get back to the main tasting area where we meet up with the rest of the group. The tasting is going well. I’ve stopped pretending to smell the wine and straight up judge it based on how good it tastes with the brie somebody brought.
2:30 Alicia asks me to snap some blog photos and I don’t know how to tell her that THEY WILL DEFINITELY NOT TURN OUT RIGHT NOW but I say yes anyway. I’m snapping away, praying they’re in focus. (Actually, not too shabby if I do say so myself - see her post here!)
3:00 We are all ready for a nap. We hop into the Reston Limo bus and tear outta there.
3:30 Back at my drop off point in Leesburg where I blow kisses to all the girls going back to the city.
3:45 Meet up with the hubs who is going to drive me home. Little did I know he brought the Ducati. But not my bike jacket. BTW IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE I am wearing a thin sweater with holes in it basically.
4:00: We make it home alive!!
Well that’s it folks - the rest after that is basically snuggling on the couch and watching Netflix. Ah, Sundays!