Can we please discuss how glorious Christmas break was? I had 4 vacation days left and I used them all up to take a full week off. It was pretty incredible. One of the highlights was going to RayLen Vineyards with one of my friends from high school.
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I’d never been to a vineyard before, and I certainly didn’t know that there was one in my hometown! We started out with a wine tasting and chose the Complete Flight, made up of reds, whites, and a few special reserves. For only $10, it was a serious steal.
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I liked the little animal crackers that they gave you to munch on in between glasses. Apparently they help to cleanse your palette and enhance the subtle flavors of different wines.

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I’m not refined enough to recognize all of the slight differences and tiny nuances, but it was fun to get to taste some wines that I’d never tried before!

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We had a little sheet with all 16 wines listed, and we rated each one on a scale of 1 t0 10. My two favorites were the 2012 Reisling (8.7) – no surprise there, Reisling is my favorite – and the 2012 Category 5 (8.5). DSC_0058

After the tasting we bought a bottle of Category 5 to share and headed outside to explore the vineyard.

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Even though it was chilly and the vines were bare, it was still a lot of fun to walk around the grounds. DSC_0071

RayLen even has a lake with a little wooden dock, which made for a pretty scenic spot to sit and talk.

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We stayed outside until are glasses were empty and our fingers were numb. DSC_0083

Herringbone vest from a recent Stitch Fix box. I owe you guys some Stitch Fix posts!
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The sun was going down just as we were leaving so we were lucky enough to catch a gorgeous sunset.

DSC_0114Winston-Salem friends, if you’re ever looking for something fun to do, I’d highly suggest taking a trip to RayLen. I know they do all sorts of events – tours, outdoor concerts, dinners, etc… – so hopefully I’ll be back soon!

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