July, 2017 update
We were anxious to get out of the house but the thunder in the distance gave us a reason for pause. I wanted to take a ride and visit a vineyard, have a glass of wine and spend some time outside. We often hear the cloud angels shooting off canons and striking their bolts of lighting but the rain never comes and my hope was to outdistance that rain today. I watched the direction of the storm and we dashed off in the safest direction to avoid it. Our destination would be Crane Creek Vineyards. As soon as we broke loose from our ridge on the hill, the sun broke through and we enjoyed a lovely ride through the valley. But as we drove in the wineries driveway rain drops trickled down the window. The rain was light enough that we didn’t need to worry and by the time we reached the tasting room and shopped, the rain evaporated and we each took a seat on the porch with a glass of wine in our hands.
The storm continued to let loose in the distance but we just enjoyed the show. If every I needed to recommend a place to enjoy a day, I would say go to Crane Creek on a Friday late afternoon, enjoy cheese and crackers with a glass of red or white and then take a walk through the vineyard to the Holly Hill Event Center and enjoy their Tapas and Jazz. Crane Creek is special and I enjoy it each time we go.
We first visited Crane Creek Vineyards after their Friday night Tapas and Jazz was recommended to us. We arrived first at their tasting room and huddled with others in their gift shop enjoying a sample of their latest bottling while overlooking the trimmed and bare branches of the vineyard below. As the wine tasting room closed for the day, we walked along a path lined with stark vines to the event center where we found a roaring fire in the fireplace already heading off the evening chill. We were told when we made the reservation for the evening that the main room was booked but we could sit in an adjoining room and we possibly could still hear the music. We were anxious to attend, as the musician for the evening, Teddy Baker, was highly regarded, so we agreed to give it a try. When we where shown to our seat we were very disappointed but as our table for six began to fill we realized what a wonderfully social evening we were in store for. A young couple from Germany and an executive couple from Atlanta rounded out the seating. We enjoyed interesting, pleasant conversation while toe tapping to jazz in the background.
The following week we relaxed on a patio behind the tasting room. We filled our plates with chilie and poured a full bodied red wine into our glasses as the sun set over the vineyard’s pond. Eric Seiforth, Crane Creek’s owner, reached into the hearts of everyone there when he welcomed us and explained that the Winter Solstice Celebration marked his favorite time of the year. The time for renewal begins and the plants slowly prepare the way for new buds to grow. The cycle of life all over. Then a huge bonfire lit up the night.