Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wine Wednesdays - Tasting at Tank

I'm heading back home tomorrow but realized I never shared a fun tasting experience from my time home in July!

We headed up to Calistoga to check out the farmer's market as well as a new antique store and stumbled upon Tank Garage Winery.  The tasting room is a converted 1930's gas station right on Highway 29 just before you enter town. 

The wines are fun blends of unique varietals with catchy names and labels.  We bought a bottle of the 2012 And She Was White, a blend of Granache Blanc and Roussanne.  While I'm not as familiar with these varietals, it reminded me of everything I love in a wine, fruit forward, fuller bodied, but the aging in neutral French oak keeps it fresh and clean. 

I would highly recommend a stop at Tank if you're traveling through Calistoga!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Migis Lodge AKA Adult Summer Camp

The highlight of our trip to Maine was the two days we spent at Migis Lodge in South Casco.  About 25 miles inland from Portland, we were trasnported to a different world and thrown back in time to the era of dinner jackets, relish plates, and the "American Plan" way of life.  

We decided to stay in a lodge room vs. a private cabin, the view from the deck was just too good to pass up.  Bonus that we didn't have to worry about finding our way back home in the dark after a few glasses of wine at the lodge.

View from our private balcony
Our room was the perfect log cabin, so cozy with a fireplace and all, unfortunately it never got cool enough to light, but added to the overall theme.

We arrived on Labor Day just in time for cocktail hour.  

As the sun set we made new friends who were full of knowledge about the surrounding areas (and full of recommendations for more lobster/ice cream destinations!).

New friends Barry and Ginger!

Soon it was time to retire to the dining room for dinner.  Dinner was a 4 course affair, 5 if you count the relish plate!  

Old school relish plate!

Pretty sure I ended every meal at Migis (except breakfast) with ice cream in some form, here a hard shell sundae!
We climbed into bed with a view of this almost full moon reflecting over the lake.

We fell asleep the minute our happy heads hit the pillow.  Next thing we knew it was morning, we eagerly jumped out of bed to see what awaited us on day 2.

The fog on the lake was gorgeous and reminded me a bit of home.  We took a walk around the property before heading in to the dining room for breakfast.

Another multi-course affair!  Anything our little hearts desired!  Of course I had to have lobster with my eggs, and a side of Maine blueberry pancakes just because!

After breakfast we did pilates on the lake while we waited for the sun to come out.

As soon as we finished the skies were clearing and we hopped on board the Tykona II vintage Chris-Craft cruiser and went for a ride around the lake.

View of the lodge from the lake
Lunch was on cookout point overlooking the water; compartmentalized trays enhanced the summer camp vibe!

After lunch I decided to try waterskiing.  Pretty sure it's been a solid 12 years since I've been skiing, but I used to brag that I could do it without ever getting my hair wet!

Instructor Alden eased me into the water and calmed my fears.

Turns out it's just like riding a bike!  Success!

Check that off the list....I think I can wait another 10 years to try that again, while fun, it sure is tough on your knees!

We spent the afternoon lounging lakeside, snoozing, and making use of the kayaks and paddleboards around the property.

Do I look just like the celebrities SUP in US Weekly??

I stayed in my suit until the sun began to drop.  Then it was time for cocktail hour at the lodge!

Golden hour just so happens to coincide with happy hour!
I could have stared at this view for hours more, but alas, it was time to eat again, go figure!  One more delicious dinner in the dining room then up to bed.

We woke up and did it all over again before heading off to Portland.  Migis was such a magical experience, I can't even fully do it justice with these pictures.  I can't wait to go back!

If you're looking for a family friendly vacation spot for family members young and old I can't recommend Migis enough!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wine Wednesdays - Four Vines Naked 2012 Chardonnay

A highlight from our trip was a stop at the Langsford Road Lobster Pound in Kennebunkport.  A shop clerk in Ogunquit recommended it as his favorite place "off the beaten path" for fresh lobster literally pulled out of the water and cooked before your eyes.  And boy was he right!

We stopped by on Labor Day afternoon.  Truth be told it was our second "lunch" as we had already split a lobster roll at Clam Shack, but I just had to try Langsford!  Expecting to grab a lobster and hit the road, we ended up sitting on the back deck, the setting was begging for an afternoon glass of vino, good thing we had a couple of bottles in the car en route to our next destination.

That day the lobster boat had picked up these rare white lobsters as well as a blue lobster!
Couldn't bring myself to name my little guy, but he was tasty!
The set up, notice the melted butter in the coffee pot!
Talk about "one pot" meals!
Pulling fresh lobster out of the water below
I grabbed this Four Vines Naked 2012 Chardonnay purely because of the name and the price.  After our first night experience being mislead by what was an overly oaked bottle, I figured it must be a safe bet if it says "unoaked" right there on the label!  Mom was a big fan.  Bright, lemon and stone fruit flavors, easy to drink, and the balanced acidity paired well with the fresh lobster and rich drawn butter.  A happy coincidence and a reminder to always travel with a bottle of vino, you never know when you'll want to pull it out and enjoy!

Keepin' it classy with styrofoam chowder cups as glasses - this place is bare bones in the BEST way!

Best part of the afternoon and what truly made us linger were our new friends that were nice enough to share their picnic table.  Love when lobster brings people together :-)

Wine:  2012 Four Vines Naked Chardonnay
Purchased:  Village Market, Ogunquit, ME
Price: $12.99
Would buy again: Yes!

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