Every year when the mail comes in early February I get a little giddy.
It's right around that time of year that our invitations for "Vinidome" arrive.
If you've been following me for a while, you might have remembered my posts about it here and here.
It is a huge wine festival that takes place over four days in my city. It is so much more than wine, you also have cheese farmers, and bakers and other artisans and it is truly a glimpse into all of the different products that France has to offer.
It is also the only place I can find my favorite French wine that is made by a guy and his son in the south of France. They are the cutest, and after they finally remember me after three years of being a loyal customer.
Every time we've gone it has been wall to wall people making the experience less than enjoyable. This year, to beat the crowd we decided to go first thing Sunday morning.
We felt a little odd showing up at a wine event at 10 am on a Sunday with two kids in tow. I was relieved when I saw other parents loading up their strollers and heading in. Vive la France, right?
We actually didn't stay very long. We bought the wine we had been waiting to buy all year, some cheese and some breads. We wanted to be out of there quickly before the big crowds started arriving.
And while I'm not a connoisseur of wines by any means, I did brave the line to try and "Ice Wine". The grapes are actually picked when they are frozen and the wine is produced at some sort of crazy temperature. Supposedly, the right conditions to freeze the grapes happens so rarely that they are only able to produce about 100 bottles every 2 - 3 years. Or at least this is the story they tell people to justify the 150 euro price tag.
Don't worry, we didn't buy it, but at least I can say I've tasted a fancy schmancy wine. Cross that off the bucket list.
And while the boys obviously didn't get to drink any wine, they were happy with their juice boxes and cheese samples.
Because it is after all, the little things that make life worth while.