Wines For A Girlfriends’ Getaway

As the saying goes, the one thing better than owning a yacht is having a friend who owns a yacht.

The same can be said for vacation homes.

And a friend’s vacation home is the perfect venue for a girlfriends’ getaway.

We arrived to see our chairs all set up by the pool. One for me, one for Belle, one for PJ and one for our hostess, Woody.


We were reminded that the routine here is: pajamas to swim suit to pajamas.

It doesn’t get more relaxing than that!

And what is the perfect beverage for an afternoon by the pool?

How about a Rosé of Pinot Noir?

Cyprus Rose of Pinot Noir

Our hostess introduced us to the 2014 Cyprus Rosé of Pinot Noir. From the Anderson Valley in Sonoma County, this crisp and delicious Rosé was the perfect late summer afternoon treat.

We also opened a bottle of The Valley Project 2013 Viognier.

The Valley Project Viognier

Also known as AVA Santa Barbara, this winery is a “must visit” part of the Urban Wine Trail in Santa Barbara. AVA Santa Barbara explores the different wines coming from the many microclimates throughout Santa Barbara County.

Viognier is a great food wine and a great white wine alternative for those who eschew Chardonnay. It offers a great balance of full body and low acidity.

Perfect with a yummy cheese platter!

cheese platter

One night we were treated to beef and chicken kabobs on the grill.

The wine we chose to pair with dinner was the 2007 Darioush Merlot.

2007 Darioush Merlot

(I’m glad that I’m no longer in a fight with Darioush because we have lots of their wine in our cellar and I want to enjoy them without a side of bitterness.)

Expressing dark fruits and a bit of smokiness, this Merlot was perfect with our savory kabobs.

Each night we played board games, including my favorite game of all time, Personal Preference.

Personal Preference

This fabulous game from the 80s challenges players to guess their opponents preferences in the categories food & drink, people, activities and potpourri. It’s no longer in print, but you can still find Personal Preference on eBay or Amazon.

For those of you who haven’t read the funny story about me trying to buy this game back in the day, here goes.

I was introduced to Personal Preference on a visit to my pal, Catherine. As soon as I returned home I was on a mission to find a copy of the game for myself.

Remember, this was 1980-something – WAY before Amazon, in fact even before the internet.

I had to make calls (on a telephone attached to the kitchen wall if you can imagine!) to track down my prize.

My first call was to a local store called Kroch & Brentano’s.  I tried them first because they were sort of a niche bookstore that carried some fancy pants, non-mainstream games.  No Milton Bradley, no Parker Brothers, but games like Broderbund, etc.  Anyway, this is how my phone conversation with the nice clerk went:

Me: Hello, I am calling to see if you carry the board game, Personal Preference.

Clerk:  I’m not familiar with that game. Can you tell me a little bit about it?

Me: It’s an adult specialty game.  (Yes, I actually said that.)

Clerk: (after a long and awkward silence) I’m sorry ma’am.  We don’t carry that type of game here.


Oh boy…

Sooooo, back to the wine.

Our hostess, Woody, loves Pinot Noir. Let me present the 2012 Penner-Ash Zena Crown Vineyard Pinot Noir.

2012 Penner Ash Pinot Noir

This single vineyard Pinot Noir from Oregon is very rich, fruity and spicy. Throw in a bit of chocolate and velvety floral notes and you have a definite winner.

There really is nothing like time spent with great girlfriends. Delicious food, great wine and the adult specialty game, Personal Preference, added to the success of our trip.

Indeed, if Clare, Zsa Zsa and Nora had been able to join us the visit would have been perfect!

wine glass half empty

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  1. Phone call = hysterical….
    I approve of the wardrobe choices and wine for your getaway…and I especially love that no matter what, there is always more room in the glass. Have a great day.
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  2. Howling here over the “adult specialty game.” Oh the things we so innocently say. I’ve not heard of that particular adult specialty number. Friends came over the other night for dinner and their ten year-old daughter brought along Apples to Apples. It was a hoot. As for trips away with the pals well that is just the best, isn’t it. Just heard yesterday from one of my best buds that she’s coming for a sleep over in September! So excited. And she, like me, is a firm believer in the adage that there’s always more room for wine. Cheers!
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    • I like games like Apples to Apples that can include lots of different age groups. May we never out grow our love of girlfriend sleepovers! Cheers to you and your pal!
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  3. Hi Mo! I am trying hard to get back to blogging AND commenting on my favorite blogs – everything takes 3 times as long with only one hand!! Thanks as always for the wine suggestions AND now I NEED to find that game! Have a great weekend! xoxo

    • Oh, Sandy, I’ve been thinking of you so much! I’m glad to see you back at least a little bit but can only imagine what a challenge it has been! Take care, my friend!
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  4. An adult specialty game…too funny! I’ve never heard of it, but I am familiar with Cards Against Humanity, which seems to be of the same genre.

    I have a girlfriend who wasn’t going to use all her timeshare points with her family, so she took a group of us instead. How generous was that?
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    • What a great use of expiring points! I love games of all kinds. A few of my other favs are Awkward Family Photos, Telestrations and Anomia. Have a great weekend, Dana!
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  5. I am picturing the clerks face when you explained the game. He was probably thinking you just can’t tell about people, she sounded like such a nice lady but what a perv! Your girls weekend sounds so sophisticated next to mine, sweet tea vodka and flavored moonshine is how we roll!

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