May 22, 2017

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?

I only ask because today, May 22nd, I turned 64 😀   Click here to listen to the Beatles sing my birthday song.

It was a beautiful sunny and very warm day.  30C/86F is an abnormal high for this time of year, perhaps a new record was made.  I sort of eased into the day, after all, I’m 64 now and just a tad slower.  Thanks to those who sent suggestions for our upcoming trip to Venice, I have some serious reading to do and a few videos to watch.

Sadly I don’t have the date this was taken but I think I was around two or younger.

A few years later, maybe 4 or so?

Grade 6?? I have no idea of the dates that go with the photos.  Who has the family albums with all the info?  No se 🙁

We eventually headed out today for a late breakfast and after a few errands we decided to check out a few wineries near our RV park. Called The View, this one is known for its red shoe.  I didn’t even finish my five wine tastes for $4.00.  They went into the slop bucket.

The next stop was at the Spierhead Winery.   Five tastes for $5.00. Some were pretty good.

Our final stop was at the Vibrant Vine, a most unique place which one could see even from the parking lot.

They are the only 3D winery in all of the world. The brother of the onsite vintner lives in Colorado and creates everything that is in the shop from wine labels to pieces of art to anything else in 3D.  When you enter the winery you are presented with 3D glasses.  Very interesting  and unique concept.  Their tasting was free.

The wine was very good and we bought a bottle of Pinot Grigio and one of Whoops.

The Whoops is on the left in the photo and if you look closely the label in upside down.  By accident an employee who had been indulging in a bit of the product had put over 700 labels on the bottles upside down before it was noticed.  The owners decided to go with it and renamed the wine Whoops!  Shortly thereafter they decided to enter the bottle in a label competition in Geneva, Switzerland.  After all what did they have to lose with an upside down label and they were eager to hear the comments.  They sent a full case over which the people in Geneva found unusual as only empty bottles are entered in the label competition.  They thought that perhaps the winery had made an error and decided to enter the wine into the wine competition without telling the winery,  Two days later the phone rang here in Kelowna at 3AM announcing that the wine had won the Best White Wine in all the World for 2012! Whoops 😆   Quite the story and really a good wine.

We even found a few hours in the afternoon to do some  further Venice research and then off to dinner.  All in all it was a great day.  Now off to have a final birthday dance to my very special song of the day.


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28 Responses to “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m sixty-four?”

  1. Upriverdavid says:

    Oh, I think you are probably still in the 1st couple of pictures the way you folks travel..At least in our

  2. George Yates says:

    Happy Birthday Contessa I just know you had an awesome day. And will have fun planning you Venice trip.
    Free wine tastings we will do but in Arizona we checked out a few wineries, where they wanted $15.00 for 5 tastings, not for us thanks.

  3. Connie & Barry in PA says:

    You have the same sweet smile in your photos. Happy birthday, Contessa, enjoy your day!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Nancy Hodgson says:

    sounds like you had a awesome day……happy belated birthday

  5. Happy late Birthday! I love that story about Whoops, will have to look for it. I am going out Friday to a friends for dinner and it sounds like a good wine to bring over

  6. Ann says:

    Happy Birthday young lady! Enjoy your trip to Venice. Really different place to visit. Take lots of pictures!

  7. Jean says:

    Happy Belated Birthday. Enjoy your holiday to Venice.

  8. Happy Birthday, looks like you had a great day!


  9. Shelagh says:

    Happy Birthday, looks like you had a wonderful day. Cheers

  10. Janet Ashworth says:

    Happy Birthday! A day spent with the grape, the best way to enjoy a special day.

  11. Happy birthday Contessa.

  12. susie says:

    Happy Birthday! Will have to try the Whoops! Cheeers! Have a great trip and share all your photo’s!

  13. Croft Randle says:

    Happy Birthday Contessa! It was not that long ago all Okanagan wineries had free tastings! I was in the Napa Valley when they were just starting to charge for tastings, sometimes as much as $5 per taste. As a “come on” they usually had one wine available for a free taste and that was what I stuck with.

    Venice? Wow! Have you booked your Singing Gondolier?

  14. SandyM says:

    Cumpleanos Feliz – hoping there was also some ice cream and maybe a little cake in your day!

  15. chris says:

    You’re such a cutie! Happy Birthday and I know it will be the best year ever. You still a youngin’ and have many more experiences to come. Did you ever think when you were a little girl you’d be where you today? Big hugs!

  16. Sandy says:

    Happy Birthday!

  17. Don & Kathy says:

    64 and still in the prime of your life – not even a senior citizen yet. Have a fantastic Birthday Contessa.

  18. Gramma Katie says:

    Hello Contessa !

    Thinking of you on this you special day and wishing a most


    good health , love , and money for the coming year and always

    Louie & Katie

  19. Denise Noel says:

    Birthday thoughts are being sent your way, today! Mark the day in your own special way. Make it memorable and may the vino flow freely!

    All the best-


  20. Nancy & Doug says:

    Happy Birthday, Contessa. As usual, you celebrated in style. You both deserve a nice change in your lives, you have had many challenges and heartaches of late. How great to look forward to your upcoming trip!!

  21. Jenny Johnson says:

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday—-enjoying your blog as always

  22. Dee Tillotson says:

    Contessa, belated Happy Birthday and best wishes for many, many more. The wineries on the East coast are now burying the wine tastings in their tours, where the tours take center stage and then the tour guide says, by the way, we have five new wines for sampling today. Therefore, the cost of the tastings is buried in the tour price, and you pay for the tasting whether you wish to participate or not. You and Colin have a wonderful time in Venice and take many photos.

  23. Rae says:

    Happy birthday! 🙂 *HUGS*

  24. Dolores T says:

    Happy, Happy Birthday to you!!!! And many more!

  25. Debbie says:

    Happy birthday! Such a cute little girl.

  26. Susan Gorniak says:

    Happy belated birthday Contessa. Looks like you had a great time. Like everyone said, you guys really deserved a fun day out after all the misery you have had recently. My birthday is in May too but I am 3 years older. Glad to hear your weather is great. Ours is really miserable here in Alberta. Wind and rain advisory, that’s how bad it is. Enjoy your vacation away.

  27. Linda & Russell says:

    Feliz compleanos from mazatlan!
    Looking forward to your posts from Venice. We go back to the US on Thursday…had a great time…we even made a trip to Durango and copper canyon. So much to see in mexico.
    Have a great trip!

    • contessa says:

      So glad you enjoyed your lengthy stay in Mazatlan. Hopefully next time we will be able to connect.

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