Is Wine Tasting the Day Before a Long Run a Bad Idea?

I guess I’ll find out.

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Oh, hello there. My love for carbs knows no bounds. Cocktail party? Cocktail attire?

WHERE ARE THE CARBS?

Okay, breadsticks will do.

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Lacey’s giving me bunny ears, but I think she was really trying to plot to steal my breadsticks.

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You. will. not. steal. my. carbs.

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I sort of like my committee. Last night, the New York Junior League had our annual homecoming party at the house. This is the third time I’ve gone, and it’s always a good time: seeing all the Junior League friends I haven’t seen over the summer, bonding with my committee members, wondering why more guys don’t go to these parties. A house at least 60 percent full of women? Single dudes, please come.

After a late night out, it would have been fun to sleep in, but instead, I woke up early to go on a wine tour.

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Meet our chariot for the day. After getting in after 2am last night, we met this bad boy at a little after 8am at 40th and Lex to take us out to Long Island for a wine tour special we bought on Rue La La a few months back.

We got on the bus, and they had bottled water and egg sandwiches waiting for us in a cooler. Exactly what I needed. I ate and promptly went back to sleep, and it was wonderful.

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We arrived at Pindar Vineyards half an hour before it opened, so we walked across the street to the pumpkin patch!

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Little baby pumpkins!

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And funny tombstones. I am a sucker for a bad joke (like, I always laughed at teachers’ jokes because I legit found them funny), so I was giggling shamelessly.

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After a little while, we walked back over and it was open! Our package included five tastings at this vineyard.

My favorite was their Premiere Cuvee, a sparkling wine.

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I mean, how can you wrong with bubbles? We also tried the Cuvee Rare, but we weren’t crazy about that one either–at least not alone. It tasted like it could be a decent sparkling wine for mimosas, but really, so is Andre, and you can get five bottles of Andre for the cost of one of these bottles.

[What? I'm not still in college? Oh...]

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The Autumn Gold and Winter White were pretty good, too. I’m not a big red-wine drinker because I like my wine really cold [and, oh, red wine makes me kind of wheezy sometimes], but none of us liked their reds. They tasted old, and not in an improves-with-age way.

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My friends were really focused on picking their next wines. I’m running 20 miles tomorrow, and so I didn’t finish any of my tastes except for the cuvee and instead spent a lot of time here wandering around taking pictures.

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Next, we went to Baiting Hollow. The ambiance here was amazing–a huge outdoor picnic area and a live band–but the wine wasn’t quite as good.

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But they had food! Including these merlot meatballs, which were really good (but no, Mom, not as good as yours…)

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I got these chicken BBQ sliders for lunch, and they came with grapes and potato chips.

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They gave us a few hours here, and so we sat and leisurely worked on this bottle of wine and a few more tastings over lunch. I’m not a big Riesling fan in general, but this one was nice and light and not too sweet.

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They also had a cute gift shop, with things like…this…

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I think it’s a wine bottle holder. And I think it’s hilarious.

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The last stop was at Long Island Vodka. There was no way I was going to touch vodka and then try to run 20 miles tomorrow, so I wandered outside to take some more pictures.

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It was such a gorgeous day out.

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And this is such an awkward picture, but it was a really fun fall day with good friends.

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8 comments on “Is Wine Tasting the Day Before a Long Run a Bad Idea?

  1. Carol Blanchfield

    Cinderella (Mom) stayed home and did paper work and organized I think it’s time to take more lessons from my daughter and live the good life!!!!

    Love you
    Mom

    Reply

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