Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Amazingly, DH and I have been married thirty years as of yesterday! What's amazing is how quickly those thirty years have run away with us, and thankfully our marriage is still going strong. There are some who had their doubts back in 1979, after all Gary was just 19 (I'm a little older) and the stats aren't great for those who marry young. Through God's grace, and each of us turning a blind eye now and then, our life together has been marked by happiness and laughter.
To celebrate our anniversary we drove to Walla Walla on Saturday to stay at the Green Gables B&B and do a little winery hopping.
This B&B is impeccably kept and certainly caters to their guests every whim complete with a humidor of cigars for smoking on the porch, local wines available in the dining room, a continually full cookie jar, and beautifully decorated rooms in the turn of the twentieth century style. The morning starts with coffee delivered to the upper/guest bedroom level at 7:30 a.m., then breakfast is served at 9:00. We had amazing coddled eggs and sausage, muffins, toast, fruit and cream. What a way to start the day!
L'Ecole is a winery we've driven by for years and never stopped, always thinking that next time we will. So this time we did stop. As the name indicates, the building was a schoolhouse in a former life and now welcomes locals and tourists to taste some wonderful wines. This was the first of I think six wineries we visited on Saturday, with another six on Sunday. That makes a total of twelve with about 70 left for us to return to! (And that's just in the Walla Walla area.)
The wineries range in style from the gorgeous Basel winery. . .
to the more modest Pepper Bridge. . .
to store fronts downtown.
At Saviah, we arrived during a bit of a lull so the server gave us a short tour including the chilly barrel room where we did a little barrel tasting of some upcoming 2007s!
The young gal next to me is Amy from Chicago who was hoofing it around the south end wineries. We gathered her up and enjoyed Saviah, Va Piano, Pepper Bridge, Northstar, and Tertulia together.
To celebrate our thirty years all throughout the summer, we brought home a few bottles of wine to enjoy on our little patio out back. :)
Here's to thirty more wonderful years. Cheers!