Sunday, September 19, 2010


1 pair of dust covered semi-destroyed McKims going to the cobbler for a quick fix, $50. Suncreen purchased at the grocery store en route, $10. A gorgeous day in the country with fun people...priceless!

This weekend, I attended the Virginia Wine Festival in Centreville, Virginia. The weather was absolutely perfect and I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day. The only thing that would have made it better would have been the company of the sweet 2 Preppy Girls who lives in this neck of the woods. Over 50 wineries offered tastings to attendees. I kept a collection of papers with my notes about different wines from each winery for future reference. Some of my favorites were from Barboursville, Williamsburg, and Breaux vineyards.

Wintergreen takes the prize for most efficient service. The woman who was doing the wine tasting explained each wine so succinctly that I almost couldn't finish my taste before the next one was being served. Breaux Vineyards had the most delicious Vigonier and generous tastes of each wine.

I decided that I personally can't judge a wine by it's price or it's rating. Both the $50 Octagon wine from Barboursville and the $8 Governor's White from Williamsburg tasted delicious. And recently I had a wine that was highly rated at 93 points that I ended up using as cooking wine. But I did learn a little bit more about wine at the festival and want to visit some vineyards in the area.

One of the more unique tastings of the day was Horton's Xoco Chocolate infused wine. A friend said that it tasted just like a tootsie roll! It would be perfect as an after dinner drink.

This guy has the best job of the day. Who wouldn't like to walk around on stilts, dressed like a pirate, drinking wine, and getting paid for the privilege? He was a rock star and everyone wanted their picture taken with him.

Aren't these ladies lovely? Believe it or not, they were the only two Lilly lovers I could find at the wine festival, besides myself, of course! I wore my Cormick dress in the Bird on a Wire print from the recent online sale. The print and dress style are perfect for warm fall weather. I thought that I would see a lot more Lilly, but no such luck. I did see lots of black yoga pants worn as wine festival apparel, but that's a separate issue...

Remember how I started this post talking about my McKims? Well, the dust at the wine festival was beyond words and at one point I looked down at my feet thinking I had developed a savage tan in one afternoon because they were so brown. No such luck. I had a coating of brownish-red dust all over my feet that looked like tan lines. My foot outline was ingrained in the sole of my blue McKims. Hopefully, they can be cleaned to a semi-normal state.

Have a beautiful start to your week!



  1. OH OH OH!!! Now, I could have thrown on my new Lilly dress and joined ya....WINE & friends....HELLO:)

    Sounds like a great time!

    I hope your Monday is great!!


  2. Sounds like so much fun!!! I love the Lilly dresses on the 2 people you found!!

  3. What a fun event in a beautiful part of the country and such a gorgeous day!

  4. Gosh that sounds FUN!! I've only been on a few wine tours (a trip to Napa) but I LOVED them.

    This sounds like my kind of weekend for sure!!

    Telia, NewlyWedWifeLife

  5. My girlfriend went as well. The drive back is the trouble for us in Baltimore. So glad you had such a great time!

  6. Awwww - you are too sweet!! But I was in Charlottesville picking myself up a lil' trinket that I will show you in October at the Spa...

    Glad you had fun, honey!!


  7. Looks like fun! I'm not old enough to drink, but we went on a trip to California and went to Napa and went on a wine tour with my parents. Its so interesting! Loved the Lilly dresses too!

  8. How fun. Fingers crossed that your McKims can be restored.

  9. Love the picture you took of my friend Carrington and I. Really enjoyed reading some of your blog. :)

  10. @Math You ladies looked fab in your Lilly! Thanks for being my models.

    P.S. Did your shoes get ruined like mine did???? I didn't realize it was so dusty!


  11. I absolutely adore wine festivals, and we have always wanted to make it up to the Centreville event. Maybe next year!

    Yoga pants to a wine festival? You must be joking? Yuck :(

  12. Love Virginia wines! We visit Horton, Barboursville, Burnley, Rockbridge and Prince Michel almost every fall :)Shocked there were not more Lilly-lovers!!



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