‘Twas a Winery Weekend

August 15

Compromises are for relationships, not wine.  ~  Sir Robert Scott Caywood

I drink to make other people more interesting.  ~  Ernest Hemmingway

The moon and Venus were indicative of what would finally be a lovely weather weekend.  We’ve been having good weather mid-week but weather most foul on weekends . . .

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[The Super began the day, as she usually does, by raking the lake . . . ]

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[It’s a task she obviously enjoys . . . ]

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[I have no explanation . . . ]

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[I think she talks to the turtles . . . ]

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[And then it was off to L’Etoile de Nord winery . . . ]

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[Owned and operated by our friends Polly and Dave . . . ]

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[About 14 miles north of home . . . ]

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[We were last here about a month ago and wanted to bring them some wine bottle packing boxes . . . ]

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[A couple glasses of their tasty Marquette, a sleeve of Ritz, and Havarti cheese from Redhead Creamery in Brooten . . . ]

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[A view of Lake Irene . . . ]

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[So, what’s not to like?]

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[For perspective, Irene is 639 acres (a nice size), about twice as big as our neighboring Lake Cowdry and our camp lake in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin . . . ]

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[There were a substantial number of boats out fishing at midday . . . ]

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[Back inside for . . . refills?]

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[All the tables are outside for COVID . . . ]

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[The Super’s parked car through the screen window . . . ]

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[Pretty much the same view from outside . . . ]

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[Settling up with Dave – as they say in the Brit mystery TV shows, we also bought 4 “take away” bottles . . . ]

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[A fond farewell to the Star of the North . . . ]

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[And exiting by way of entry . . . ]

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[Checking with the locals, is that what’s colloquially known as Beer Belly Bay?]

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[And past Lure Lakebar, well-attended on a lovely day . . . ]

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August 16

By the following morning, the moon and Venus had flipped positions . . . 

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[This was wine pick-up day at Carlos Creek Winery . . . ]

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[This huge backyard deck was new to us – quite an addition . . . ]

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[Our guy Anthony Miltich was playing for the pick-up parties . . . ]

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[We sampled two of the wineries differently styled merlots – approved of both . . . ]

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[Our usual music partners Dave and Karin visit with Anthony . . . ]

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[We had to relinquish the deck to the next group of picker-uppers, so we moved up to the Marquette Stage with Karin and Dave for Josie Nelson . . . ]

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[Josie believed to be in her 9th or 10th year of performing here . . . ]

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[And then she was off to her senior year of pre-med at Concordia College-Moorhead . . . ]

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[And she just this month hit the magic twenty-first birthday . . . ]

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[And maybe because of that . . . ]

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[Her mom & dad . . . ]

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[And both grandmas were there to keep an eye on her . . . ]

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[Good thing, too.  Her fan club (Karin, Dave, the Super, and me) bought her a bottle of Carlos Creek’s finest . . . ]

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[For her decade of keeping us entertained . . . ]

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Happy Birthday, Josie!!

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[As we departed, we visited with the Nicole Mulder, her dad, and husband John . . . ]

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[Nicole, of course, is the executive director of Theatre L’Homme Dieu, and Dave and I are both board members . . . ]

Grape Stomp info:  http://www.ccwgrapestomp.com/

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[We came home and our new neighbors were still moving in.  We caught a glimpse of their “2nd car,” a 1952 Dodge.  Well, that led to some stories as the Obert family once owned back-to-back ’52 Dodges . . . ]

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[These cumulonimbus cloud shots are really from the 15th . . . ]

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[Just liked the idea of finishing with them.]

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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is freedom, in water there is bacteria.  ~  Benjamin Franklin

Up Next:  Maybe now Vonnegut . . .

 

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