Birdstone Winery

October 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

This weekend I had the pleasure of marrying off one of my favorite people in the world to one of my other favorites. Our good friends Daley & Tyler (who Andrew and I introduced by the way!) became Mr. and Mrs. this weekend. It was a day full of good food, love, laughter and inappropriate dancing.

Here’s the gorgeous couple. Photo courtesy of iDropPhoto. (Who are absolutely wonderful, sweet and talented)

Seriously. I mean they make a good looking pair right?!

Here’s a shot of all the maids and the bride

The day was so memorable. One of the best parts, was the location. They picked a great local winery to have their wedding at that I just had to share with you. Whether you’re looking for a fun place to taste some great local wine or planning an event, you’ll seriously want to get to know Birdstone.

Tony and Kim (here’s a picture of them I stole off their website) own and operate Birdstone.

They are incredibly warm and real. You really feel like you’ve been invited over to their home when you visit Birdstone. They were extremely hands on and so great at the wedding. They manned and womanned the bar and were great hosts. You can tell they love what they do because it shows in the way they interact with people. Everything there is hands on. All the grapes they use in their wines are grown locally and Tony even designs their labels. Look how cool their logo is.

We tasted quite a few of their wines at the wedding. My favorite of the day was the Crimson Merlot. It was very light and perfect for the beautiful afternoon wedding. This is when I wish I was a really cool wine connoisseur so I could tell you there were apricot notes or something like that, but I’m not. I just know it was really good. If you haven’t taken advantage of the great local wineries that are just 20 or so minutes away from us, you really need to. Valley wines are gaining more and more recognition and popularity. If you want to take in a lot of wineries, check out the Madera Wine Trail coming up Nov. 13 & 14th. I went to a couple spots last year and seriously loved it. We’ll have more info on that coming up later.

Until then, if you want to drop by Birdstone, the tasting room is open from 11am-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Give it a shot and tell Tony and Kim hi for me.

❤ Cambria

P.S. Andrew caught the garter and I caught the bouquet. Just saying (wink wink)

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Ficklin Winery: Grape Smush

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

Got the hook up to go to a members only event at Ficklin Winery this weekend. Boyfriend and I got to crash the PORTfolio Society annual Grape Stomp.  I felt like we were on a date from the bachelorette. I had no idea you could actually do something like this in Fresno, well Madera, but pretty close anyway.

The day started off with us enjoying some Port Delight. Nothing like a Port at 9am! Then we were given tools and headed out into the fields.  After a quick schpeel on not chopping off your fingers with sheers we were filling baskets like nobodies business. Here’s my face since you have yet to see it.

Except usually when you ask me to take a picture I do this:
Those are the beautiful Tinta Madera grapes we harvested.
Oh and here I am being the Sunmaid Raisin Girl. You know the old one that is probably considered racist now, not the new one that looks like a cartoon barbie doll:
After the grapes were brought in they prepared the buckets for us and we got to stompin. Here we are mid stomp:
He’s cute, right? Love it.
And since you have no idea what our feet are actually doing by this picture. Here are post stomp feet:
Once we hosed down, there was a catered lunch, croissant sandwiches and salad, and let me tell you the port was flowing all morning.
Seriously, such a fun morning date. To become a member of the port society, all you have to do is purchase 2, 3-bottle sets a year. It gives you a 20% discount all year on additional purchases and entrance into these events. They have a big launch event for every wine release. I think it’s so worth it. We loved it and are considering a membership ourselves. Here is the photo gallery from last years stomp. In case the gratuitous pictures didn’t capture enough for you.So in like 20 years when you get to try the Tinta Port (I have no idea how long it takes to make wine) just think of how my sweet little toesies sweetened it up for you. If you stop by Ficklin, which I highly recommend, Seriously, you HAVE to try their chocolate port sometime. Ask for our buddy Jeremy Medieros, he’ll treat you right.
&hearts
Cambria

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