Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Two winey peas in a pod

What do you do when it's inexplicably beautiful and in the 70s in July in St. Louis?! Everything and anything outside! That's why we had to hit up the Missouri wineries along the Katy trail this past Saturday. For those of you who don't live in St. Louis, it is very rare that you get temperatures in the 70s in July with low humidity! St. Louis in July is more typically comparable to a balmy hell on Earth.

The four of us gals: Katie England, Anna England, Shawnee, and I packed separate picnics to share. Probably should have had more communication prior, because we had the most ginormous picnic for four people you could imagine! But, we are all very gourmet picnic packers. Everything was delicious and relatively healthy. Here's Katie with a tediously opened fresh sugar snap pea. If you were to look into those big, beautiful sunglasses of hers, you might see a reflection of the picnic perfection! Our first winery stop was Balducci's, which is one of the only wineries in that area that allows you to bring in your own food.

Shawnee and me with our bottle of Balducci's Sonata. Yummy if you like semi-sweet white wines, which I do!
Then, we went to Montelle winery where we took more pictures of ourselves than of the beautiful scenery. That just means I'll have to go back and better capture the wonderful ambiance.
The place was packed and this was the only table we could find when we first got there. Shawnee was the only one that got the goofy face memo.
And, then we found a better seat at which point Katie and I took a high school senior portrait together.

It was a beautiful trip to the wineries, I can't wait to go back and explore some of the many other wineries they have along that highway! I would love to do bike ride the Katy trail and stop at the wineries along the way! That just might be next on the agenda!

More wine tomorrow! It's that time of year again . . . Jammin' at the Zoo!!

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