Sunday, September 19, 2010

Chasing the Clouds .......


Sundays are pretty laid back. I woke up late morning ...........well almost noon, pulled the curtains away and opened the blinds. Gossh their was plenty of sunshine.It was a beautiful sunny day. I watched two squirrels run and play around the trees through my kitchen window as I brewed my morning ..... ahem noon tea ! As I lazily sipped my cuppa tea I noticed some yellow and orange spots on the opposite hill. Ahh Autumn is here !! I can vouch for it ........ with days getting shorter and nights getting cooler. And if you still don't feel assured about it, check for the new arrivals of Cashmere's, boots and 'Fall Decor' at most departmental stores.

Like any other Sunday, my day started at noon and was unplanned. J and I had a heavy Brunch of leftover Chicken Biryani and then we hit the road ...... obviously with no plans or destination. The sky was blue with white cottony clouds which resembled huge feather beds. We decided to chase the clouds ...... I know that's kind of juvenile. After doing that for few minutes we dumped the idea .... we had too, that was a stupid one. But every white cloud too has a silver lining, we ended up in one of the beautiful counties of New England - Litchfield. Soon we were driving through the beautiful Litchfield countryside. Like every time I awed at every silly thing.



After a few miles of driving through the country roads I spotted a hand written board ' Wine Festival'. Yah J too had spotted it. He hardly can miss any such thing. We looked at each other and had this evil grin on our faces. Without even a second thought we followed the little hand made arrows signs on the white paper board ..........and it lead us to heaven .... oops the Winery.

A big board at the Winery gate read ' Wine Festival ....... Wine Tasting and more .... 10 $ per person'. J was more than eager to hand out 20 bucks and grab two wine glasses ....... I wonder where this enthusiasm goes when I ask him out for shopping !! There were 'Hot Dog Stalls','Italian Cheese shop', 'Sprinkle your own cupcakes' ,'home made ice-creams' and many more around.


We happily walked to the wine tasting room with out glasses. There were many more wine freaks like us ...... The first wine we tasted was ' Railway White' - a home grown dry white wine. My eyes were glued to the glass as the girl at that tasting booth poured some. 'Is that all' ....... I thought when she was done. I gulped it down without even thinking how on earth they named this 'Railway White' and waited for the next one ..... 'Chardonnay'. I am sure Chardonnay needs no intro .... all the drunkards ...... sorry again wine experts know a hell lot about it.



Seeing the crowd we decided to take a small stroll into the Vineyard and come back for the remaining. The vines were laden with ripe black grapes ( not sure what variety was that) ..... I popped a handful into my mouth. They burst into sweetness. The vineyard was beautiful ...... I laid down on the cool grass between the vines with warm rays of sun kissing my skin. Ahh that's undiluted pleasure.


As we walked back towards the tasting room, I heard strings of guitar and 'Brown Eyed Girl' . There was a middle aged guy singing and playing the guitar. We completed our wine tasting ........ eight varieties of wine !! We pulled out our chairs from the boot of our car and hung around listening to the live music.It was utter bliss.


Sunday indeed turned out to be a fun day !! Well do I need to tell you guys that I am fit as a fiddle now ;-) The wine festival did it all !!

17 comments:

Silence Sings said...

Loved to read your post...I know this kind of unplanned tours imprint a grt impact of joy in our heart.....And this we enjoy and cherish more in our lone time.....so treasure it....

Sayantani said...

beautiful post...saw the pretty country side through your eyes. this idea of chasing the autumn cloud so very romantic...have great time Satrupa. lovely read.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

First time here..loved your post!...this kind of unplanned trips, chasing the autumn clouds are very romantic..and very close to our(me and hubby) hearts also!:)
Would love to stay in touch..

Sanghamitra.
http://rainbow-thecoloursofindia.blogspot.com/

Priya said...

Lovely post, beautiful clicks, very pleasant to eyes..love unplanned tours anytime, that changes our rountine life na..

An Open Book said...

We are not that big wine connoisseurs but we do the occasional wine tasting sessions here in Wineries and get so bloody drunk by the end, its not funny!
they give u just drops of wine to taste, but after tasting about 200 odd wines, you really dont want to judge them on the drop they give hahaha...i love vineyard visits :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely write up & beautiful pics satrupa...

Deepi's World said...

Excellent pictures Satrupa!!It's really a delight to read this post...there is something refreshing in doing thing unplanned,just go wherever roads take you.Cherish the memories. I love the way you have mixed pictures and text together.

Kairali sisters said...

Great pictures and loved the write up Satrupa..I can see how much fun you had...

Sulagna Mukherjee Basu said...

Loved the post..and the pictures !!

Best Regards
Sulagna
http://e-senseofspicenfragrance-sulagna.blogspot.com/

Anju Rathore said...

Litchfield County is really very beautiful and we generally go for the drives whenever we don't have anything else to do on weekends. With your story written so beautifully it seems I made another trip to the county and I am all refreshed reading it after a busy weekend. From the pics I can say how much you have enjoyed specially "J". So tell me who drove you back to home !!

Satya said...

lovely post dear n beautiful clicks too

Satya
http://www.superyummyrecipes.com

kothiyavunu.com said...

Lovely post and beautiful clicks, i can guess u had a fun time..:)

PreeOccupied said...

Love the first photo! Dreading the W word. Autumn's still okay. I get drunk just "tasting" wine. But red gives me headaches, so I avoid it.

Torviewtoronto said...

lovely pictures

Priya (elaichii) said...

Thoroughly enjoyed your write up! Glad you had blast with wine and music!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

perfect day to spend a Sunday!

Satrupa said...

I hope all of you enjoyed the winery trip with me :)

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