A group of friends and I went to Crosskeys Vineyard, a beautiful place tucked into the Shenandoah Valley, to celebrate a friend’s birthday. It was giggly afternoon as we sat around a table and sampled a variety of local wines and cheeses. I found my love of sweet wines. And I mean sweet. I have a sweet tooth so I can’t say that I’m surprised. My favorite, by far, was their Ali d’Oro, a dessert wine with a higher sugar content than alcohol content. Essentially, it was adult grape juice. Although, that’s not the one pictured above; that one just matched my lipstick.
We unanimously loved the bread and cheese. The variety of cheeses were delicious and I couldn’t stop snacking on the grapes. My favorite cheese surprised me, though. I thought it would be the parmesan, but it turned out to be the gorgonzola. Their gorgonzola (pictured above with the purple rind) was soaked in a mixture that included onions and red wine. Paired with a slice of the soft bread, this was easily one of the best cheeses that I’ve ever had.
With graduation looming in our distant future (May 2017! Ahh!), my friends and I took the time to enjoy each other’s company and talk about all the adventures we want to do before we walk across the stage in the spring. I’m excited about everything and everywhere we have planned. And this is a great start to the semester.
In the photos, I’m wearing: