The theme for Friday was gluttony. Shirley and Ed wanted to take me to my first wine tasting at a vineyard run by a family they befriended. Situated in the quiet countryside of Morges, the vineyard has been family owned since inception. We pulled into the driveway at the vineyard at 5:00 PM on the dot--just in time. After rolling past the large main house we parked in front of the garage where Louie was waiting for us. Louie, a kindly Swiss man and the original owner of the vineyard welcomed us with a French bonjour.
Louie brought us around the garage to see the crew lining up and planting new vines. He then brought us back to the house to tour the cellar and see the fermentation barrels and casks. Afterwards we made our way over to the tasting room attached to the side of the house. Two walls of glass, orange walls, a warm wooden table and a classic chandelier made a tasting environment that appeared to all the senses.
Through five bottles of white and two bottles of red, Louie entertained and charmed us with his stories about wine and wine making. It was a spectacular thrill to listen to his wine making stories on the property while looking out the back window and onto the vines that made the fruit that was in my cup. Just before sunset the family's two geese appeared in the side lawn as if to welcome us to the property.
After two hours of tasting and conversing in French and English, we said our thank yous, loaded Shirley and Ed's wine order into the car and headed into town for some Indian food for dinner. We finished off the day over butter naan, butter chicken (that was a bit too salty), lamb saga, lamb and rice, and cool yogurt with cucumber.
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