Loving that my wine and adventures are both on #8. Eight is a special number because if you turn it on it’s side, it’s the infinity symbol.
Whenever I see it repeat I feel like it’s a sign that the universe wants me to take a moment to appreciate the infinite harmony, balance and abundance it always provides. Thank you Universe!
W8: Marietta Cellars Arme’ Lot Number 3
If you know me, you know that Marietta Cellars makes my MOST FAVORITE WINE IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.
Old Vine is a red blend that I was introduced to many, many years ago. At that time you couldn’t find it in Georgia. My family member would order it by the case from California and have it shipped to his local liquor store. It wasn’t until about four years ago, that I found it in a liquor store here in my city. I love it. If you want me to love you, bring me a bottle!
Ok, back to W8. While browsing in a new liquor store, as I love to do, I spotted a Marietta label. But this time it wasn’t the blue like I normally see on the Old Vine, it was tan and white. I wasn’t sure what it was I just knew I had to try it! I didn’t care what kind of grape it was, I just knew it was coming home with me.
I opened it, knowing it was going to be amazing. It. Was. Not. I took a sip. And then another. And about two more. This is horrible!!!! How can that be? I looked at the label. All my faves were there…Cab Sav, Merlot, & Malbec. But there was a newbie…Petit Verdot. I don’t know who Petit Verdot is but his lil butt was on my never again list. I kept drinking, because wine, and waste not want and stuff. It felt heavy on my tongue. I don’t know how else to describe it. I was done! But then I remembered hearing the words of a family friend the first time I tried wine, ‘Honey this is an experience. Try it again like this. And if you don’t like it give it to me because Bihh we don’t waste wine!’
So I tried it again, like I was taught. I took a long sniff into my glass, held it in and took a sip. I held the sip in my mouth just a few seconds and then swallowed. Wow. What a difference! It was so much better. I finished that glass and poured another(don’t judge me) As I enjoyed the next glass I reminded myself why I loved wine so much. It’s so much deeper than just taste. It’s so much more of an experience than just quenching your thirst. I finished that bottle….’we don’t waste wine, bihhhhhh!’ LOL
A few days later I went into my favorite restaurant(It’s called Mabella’s if you want to take me) to order a piece of their cheesecake(it’s the best in the world) and what did I see behind the bar? Old Arme’. I asked the bartender when they started carrying it. And he said they had just gotten it in a few days ago. I told him my story of my recent tasting and how I hated it and then learned to love it. He called over all the wait staff, made me repeat my story so they could describe it, while he and I enjoyed a glass together. So if you go in Mabella’s, 1) take me 2) order the Arme’ 3) and the cheesecake 4) And the linguini…
I guess A8 could be finessing a glass of wine at Mabella’s….but here is the real adventure 8!
A8: Falcons training camp
It’s officially football season. And my NFC Champion Falcons started training camp a few weeks ago and I was able to attend a session. I’ve wanted to go to training camp for about 3 or 5 years now. But I never made it. The excuses range from being too far of a drive to it being too hot to watch a team with a losing record practice. But the Falcons training camp schedule fit my schedule this year(Thank you Universe) and I was able to check things out.
The Falcons facility is in Flowery Branch, Ga which is a lot farther north of Atlanta than I realized. After a construction traffic battle we made it with just enough time to park and get to the practice field before everything began. I was shocked by the number of people that we past as we were driving in. Like, yo, this is practice! Like, practice and it’s packed with dirty bird fans!
As we made our way inside, we navigated through all of the tents that had activities, food, merchandise and found a great spot in the shade to watch the practice.
I didn’t know what to expect out of training camp. I had seen some videos and pics that fans took in the past and just always wanted to go to say I went. One of my friends said I wouldn’t like it since I’m not into position battles and stuff like that. Well, he was right. LOL The first hour or so was not fun. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t fun for me. It was really just practice. They warmed up, they stretched, they did drills, and etc. Thankfully I was with good company and we chatted to pass the time.
As the players are practicing and stuff, I noticed that people were still coming into the facility. An hour passes and people were still walking in. I’m like, it’s Atlanta, folks here are always late. After another thirty minutes or so, and yes, folks are still walking in, I notice the scoreboard light up. The Cheerleaders came out. Ok, what’s about to happen? And then I saw the players lining up. Oh snap, they about to play! LOL I got excited. Finally, something I can get into. It was great! I was cheering like it was a real game! My team looked like they hadn’t missed a beat. The offense was clicking AND that defense WAS READY! They were hype and Beasley must have forgotten it was practice because he almost took Devonte out! Maybe it was a ‘you better sign that contract, kid’ hit! LOL It now made sense why folks were coming in late, they only wanted to see the scrimmage. Duh!?
After the scrimmage we headed back to our rides and enjoyed lunch at a local Chilli’s. I loved that all the buildings and restaurants here represented the Falcons. I’m so ready for football Sunday with my team! #RiseUP
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