I’m finally ready to “catch up” on some posts that I started but never finished. The first event to  belatedly-blog about is the Madera Wine Trails “Wine and Chocolate” weekend which took place in mid-February. Fortunately, the weather was gorgeous–sunny, dry, clear, and quite warm. Roy came with me to Birdstone Winery both days of the weekend. We had 2 great lunches, tried some more Birdstone wines–our personal favorite, so far, is their port!–saw some old and new friends, and made some new friends.

I did my first Wine Trails show at Birdstone in November of 2009 and returned for the second time in February 2010. I really enjoyed being there and the events, in general. People love to do wine tasting and it’s a great opportunity to meet new art lovers and collectors.

I decided to try something new with my art for the February event. Instead of painting new wine paintings, I decided to do some “Love” paintings instead since they would be shown over Valentine’s Day weekend. I also decided to give a 14% discount on any one item purchased on the holiday weekend. Valentine’s Day. . . . Feb. 14. . . . . 14% discount. . . . . .  🙂

The discount and the wine paintings were both popular and I’m glad I tried a new subject. Everyone loves love, right? So it was a good decision, I think.

The next Wine Trail weekend is coming up in May–on the 15th and 16th. Roy and I will be there both days and also look forward to attending the “Release Party on the Grass” on Saturday evening. Day time hours will be from 10 till 5 both days and the release party is from 5:30 till 9 on Saturday night. The places to go to for more information are Birdstone Winery and Madera Wine Trails.

Mark your calendars and make your reservations–buy a glass!–for this upcoming special event!

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