Oct 13, 2015

Women Are Like Fine Wine

Have you ever wondered why some people enter your life when they do? 

For years you’ve shared common places, common experiences and common friends. But, yet, really didn’t know much about each other. 

I took a road trip to Wisconsin as part of a “Women and Wine Weekend” and after 700 miles on the road, touring a vineyard, sampling some interesting wines and soaking in the beautiful scenery, I found that sharing some kooky stories and laughing until you snort, is a guaranteed way to know a whole lot more about women.

The vineyard was at Wollersheim Winery located in Prairie du Sac, WI.  If you think Wisconsin is just about making cheese, you'd be wrong. Things I learned about Wisconsin winemaking.

  • You can make wine from harvesting frozen grapes in December, which is called Ice Wine.  It’s an incredibly sweet wine and a bit too rich for my taste buds.
  • The first grape vineyard was actually planted on a hillside looking over the Wisconsin River by a Hungarian immigrant, Agoston Haraszthy. After failed attempts due to harsh weather, he went to California in 1840 to develop the state’s first winemaking industry.
  • The different fields and the slopes (medium or steep) where grapes are grown determine the type of wine produced.
  • Winemaking is a skill mixed with science, tradition and artistry.

The women that took part in this wine tour experience were former high school classmates.  After our 30 year class reunion several years ago, we decided to keep in touch and get together whenever possible. This trip was one of them.

Amazingly, from one weekend with these women, I discovered that getting older can be a beautiful thing and ladies that are fifty-something have surprisingly a lot in common with wine

1.  High school is a distant memory and those awkward times of youth should remain in history. Just like winemaking, the history is only the beginning and its continued development is what brings out its true character

“Women in midlife are full of richness and unique essence.”

2.  Women have a lot in common - don't be afraid to bitch about it. Like wine, we’re refined from a similar hardy vine and grow to our finest maturity. 

“Women in midlife can support, enrich and age gracefully.”

3.  Be open-minded and share your worldly intuition. It's like fermenting wine – it gets better with age. 

Women in midlife embody vibrancy and radiance as we age.”

4.  Have fun! Laugh at and laugh with!  It's definitely a lot funnier while drinking wine. 

 “Women in midlife know that laughter is important. 
It's like taking an instant well deserved vacation.”

5.  Don’t take friendships for granted.  As with wine, each glass must be enjoyed.

“Women in midlife appreciate those exceptional moments.”

More importantly, I learned that you can buy and sell women's underwear on eBay. Had NO idea! 

Aaaand...steak looks much larger on a plate without the salad.  I'll let you use your own imagination with that one.  Hint: manscaping could be the topic.

See...the knowledge just pours out like wine!!

      "Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the 
       'Titantic' who waved off the dessert cart."  ~ Erma Bombeck

Cheers to road trips, funny stories and, of course, wine!

Put your smile on,
Laurie O

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  1. What a great story! My dream vacation is one with my best girlfriend in the wine country of California. I've been to Wisconsin several times and had no idea there were vineyards there.

    1. My dream vacation would be just to get out to California wine country! It's on my To Do List!! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I swear I may need to make my mantra for the entire week: I am filled with richness. I am filled with richness.


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