If you missed my Instagram Stories this weekend, you’d know that my college friends came to visit me this weekend in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I kind of felt like the Bachelorette doing a hometown date. I’m the only one in my group of friends from Pennsylvania and for four years, I’ve told them about how much I loved the city and all the things I loved to do and all the places I love to eat. After graduation and before we all branch out towards the rest of our lives, I thought what better way to celebrate graduation and hang out with each other than to show them around my city.
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: