Spring in Wisconsin?

We’ve had some very interesting weather so far this April….Woke up to snow showers several times this month and it’s starting to feel like Spring is not coming anytime soon. I’ve refused to get my winter coat back out but it’s been downright chilly….the perfect weather for opening a bottle of red.

The one I decided on this past weekend comes from California again. It made it home in my suitcase from my trip to Texas, via my youngest daughter Hannah. Hannah lives in Northern California in the heart of wine country…Sonoma County. On top of that, her boyfriend Eric works at one of my favorite wineries out there…. St Francis Winery as a food and wine pairings Sous Chef. St Francis is a lovely place…there are so many vineyards in northern California and I have been to a small fraction of them while visiting Hannah…but this one is special (and not just because Eric works there) If you are ever in Sonoma County visiting, you should definitely go and visit. When you make that visit, be sure and sign up to experience a food and wine pairing event. It’s a great way to eat some fabulous dishes and taste amazing wines that compliment them. I’ve done it twice now and both experiences were super fun and I learned a lot about their wines. St Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals- which is pretty cool, because I love animals….. Here’s a picture of me while visiting the winery last October. They have a very large statue of St Francis there that makes for great photos and I took advantage of that. The grounds are gorgeous and definitely worth a visit. Their wines are some of my favorites and they have lovely tasting rooms and also some beautiful outside spaces to sit and relax and enjoy a glass of wine. The scenery is breathtaking…So if you get a chance, you should visit….You will not be disappointed! 20151017_170403-1

The wine that Hannah sent home with me was the 2013 Anthem Meritage. It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. And it was spectacular!!  It was very full bodied and tasted  berrylike…but also had a spicy, almost peppery hint along with vanilla. Just lovely….

Here’s a thought before signing off tonite- found this so true! Happy Spring! Whenever it decides to show.



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I’m a 50 something woman who has lived my whole life in the Midwest and love the change of seasons here in Wisconsin- I also love to spend time with my family and friends, listen to live and recorded music, read, write, hike, cook, bake and of course drink wine.

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