Birthday at The Winery

What better way to celebrate my mother’s birthday than at the Williamsburg Winery.

My parents live in Williamsburg, Virginia, a place that many people visit for the shopping.

I visit for family.  And history.  And the food and wine, of course.

We started with a visit to the tasting room where Calvin, the young but knowledgeable wine steward, not only introduced the wines but offered the history behind the labels and names.

This bottle of Acte 12 of 1619 was named after the Act that was passed by the 1619 House of Burgesses requiring all male households in Virginia to grow ten vines of the imported vinifera grapes from Europe.

How’s that for encouraging the growth of the wine industry in the new country?

How fortunate am I to have such incredible parents?

Once done with our tasting, we enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern.

Gabriel Archer was one of the first settlers to set foot on land near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in late April 1607, moving on to Jamestown in August that same year.

We were having so much fun that I barely pulled out the camera, and the images in this post are a mix of camera and phone.

I wish I’d had more time to shoot the scene,

but really, I was just glad to have been able to spend the day with my parents and celebrate my mother.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

36 thoughts on “Birthday at The Winery

  1. Happy belated birthday to your mom. These are all beautiful images but my favorite is the one of your mom, dad and yourself. The joy of your expression and the look of proud parents says it all.

  2. Gorgeous photos……definitely convey the special moments shared together! The tree-lined drive is one that really appealed to me (but THE best is you 3!!!)……………hugs…………

  3. oh honey! what a gorgeous and interesting state you live in! Your mom and dad are looking wonderful. I hope their health isn’t as big a concern as a few months back. You are very lucky to have them and celebrating birthdays together is a must! Do you know what kind of tree is planted along the drive? I thought they were blooming with pink speres of flower? The trunks are really interesting too. I wish I could hang out for weeks and just visit all these places and learn all the interesting history! xo K

    • Thank you so much, my friend. My father’s health is markedly improved, and we had such a fun time together. The trees are called crepe myrtles, the blooms are gorgeoua, and yes the trunks are a big part of their unique beauty

    • Thank you Alex for that generous comment. I do love to try to provide some history along with the personal when I can. Growing up as a Navy brat we moved all over the place, but my parents retired here about 30 years ago. Williamsburg, therefore, has become a home away from home

  4. Another September birthday! Happy Birthday to your mom. I know how much I loved celebrating it with my daughter so I can just imagine your parents joy in you being part of that special day. What a lovely day and such a great view. Stunning.

    • Thank you, Mary. I actually thought of you as I was writing this post. I try to remember daily how very fortunate I am to have my parents and to have them in such a healthy state.

    • And who wouldn’t like a green park with wine! 🙂 I’ve always been told I look like my mom, and I can only hope that I will be as healthy at 84 as she is

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  6. Time spent with family is very precious. You are so lucky to still have your parents! It looks like it was a great outing – wine, need I say more? 😉

    I love the photo of the shades cast by the row of trees. It looks like they are covered in red flowers. What kind of tree are they?

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