16 December 2012

Making Spirits Bright!

Last weekend my Sweet Husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in Asheville NC.
We toured Biltmore winery, grounds, and we took the candle light tour of the house in the evening.
It was lovely.

A display on the winery tour.
The gift shop has lots of tasty treats to offer.
 The winery tour was interesting.
Our guide was quick to point out that even though the sign says "Champagne" it is not Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region in France.
We sampled some of their Sparkling wine and it was quite good.
After the tour, we spent some time in the tasting room.
Maisey did an excellent job and helped us to pick out a couple of bottles of wine for the holidays.
 Touring Biltmore's Winery reminded me of our touring the Heineken distillery last September while we were in the Netherlands. Heineken's colors are festively appropriate for a holiday blog post, don't you think?

Both tours were informative as well as fun.
I grew up with home made wine and my Sweet Husband has been known to make some very good home brew. It was interesting to see how the Pro's go about it.

 Back to our weekend.
This is the tree on Biltmore's front lawn.
It has thousands of lights.
It is pretty from a long ways off.

 Here you can see the house with the tree.
Biltmore is the largest privately owned house in the country so I guess the big tree fits.
The house is a grand old Victorian treasure and lucky for us,
it is open to the public.

Well, it was an Anniversary weekend after all.
I am a very lucky girl!
As for the Bright Spirits,
Our local "Total Wines and More" has a great selection of seasonal brews.


  1. Now that's what I call a Christmas Tree!! Yay!!

    The trip to the winery and brewery look amazing! I'm all for real ale and love the variety offered here!

    Happy anniversary to you both!

    Take care

  2. Who doesn't love a brewery?

    Sorry - I mean what SCOTSMAN doesn't like a brewery!

    Some nice photo's there Kat. The smooch is a good one!

    Love the new frames. Is that a Christmas thing or a permanent change?


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