I know this sounds a bit like Tom Sawyer trying to get you to whitewash a fence, but there is a Harvest Party at ArchÃ© Winery this weekend (Saturday, August 17th, 2013). You can unplug the family from the electronic devices and enjoy a day of plucking the Syrah grapes from the vine and watching them be processed to be
put into my glass made into delicious wine. Yes, it’s work (didn’t anybody ever tell you that work is good for you?), but at the end there is a picnic and wine! You can’t whine about that. You might even meet some interesting folks while you are there.
The Mister and I got to spend a day at the winery last year harvesting the Merlot grapes working with the owners,Howard and Amy Davies, and some other fine people. We got to watch the big machines crush the grapes we had harvested and enjoy time just chatting with folks after the work was done. I can’t speak for my husband, but I enjoyed it immensely (and I told you all about it, if you follow that link back there)! ArchÃ© Winery is not far from the Metroplex in Saint Jo, Texas (228 Wagner Road), and the drive is lovely.
What do you need to bring? Gloves (definitely), hat, sunscreen, maybe some insect repellant, and a lawn chair for lunch time. ArchÃ© Winery will supply the awesome food, wine, good times, and plenty of grapes to pick. You need to let them know if you’ll be joining by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (214) 536-6330. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the “vineyard experience” for those 12 and older. Expect to arrive between 8 and 9 a.m. but you will probably be finished around noon.
The best news (depending on how you feel about it), is that you don’t even have to get a pedicure … because they are not going to let you stomp the grapes. For me, that was a major disappointment, because I wanted to channel Lucy. I admit that the big machines were fun to watch, though.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to join the fun again this year, because I have to still be functional at 8:00 at night to give a ghost tour of the Denton Square. Otherwise, I’d be there in a heartbeat. But, if you go, you can bring me back a bottle of Roussanne (the â€œred wine drinkerâ€™s white wine). I think I deserve that just for telling you about it.