Sunday, June 17, 2012

Magical Vineyard in Middle Tennessee

"Oh, it's great." "Charming" "Special" --- those were the comments from people who had visited Arrington Vineyards.  NEVER a negative comment, so my expectations were high.

I was not disappointed.  Here's the wonderful story of how a country music star got together with the right people on the right piece of land to provide an affordable entertainment venue:

We were there for my sister-in-law's 60th surprise birthday party. This is an incredibly beautiful and well-kept expanse of land where friends and family can gather for NO cost in either covered spaces or at outdoor picnic tables.  Above is before the clusters of visitors claimed their spaces on the slopping hillside and later how it looked near dusk (with nephew Jon in the foreground). 

My husband and I arrived early and were able to tour the grounds as well as enjoy the tasting.  It was perfect.  It reminded me of the 19th century painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte 

 We had been advised to sign up for the FREE wine tasting as soon as we got there, so off we went!  

Afterwards, we walked around.  Folks, this is a real vineyard!  With real grapes! 

You DO NOT have to buy anything -- no wine, no nothing!    We did buy a few bottles however, as we were there for a celebration, which went great with the fantastic food that the honorees' children and friends prepared.  We had a wonderful, relaxed evening.   (That's the birthday girl in the middle, above.)

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