If you follow us on Instagram (@lightningwines), you probably noticed I was in England last week. It was a whirlwind trip of work and fun – and I was so excited to have the weekend to enjoy with dear friends in the village of Chew Magna.
Pints of local ale at the village pub, The Pelly, helped kick off the weekend. But the show-stopper was our Saturday lunch. A seven-course tasting lunch at The Pony & Trap, was preceded by a 2+ mile walk through the country-side. For this former farmgirl, it was a treat to see the local farms as we traveled through wheat fields and mingled with the cows grazing in pastures. (I write that very calmly but we might have had a very dramatic moment with a couple of cows who thought we were there for feeding time!).
Lunch, at this Michelin Star pub, was a delight. Many of the wines paired with our meal were local wines I wouldn’t be able to try at home. The sparkling wine, Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2009, West Sussex, England, was a homerun! We rounded out the meal with a Pimms Lolly and geared up for the walk back.
When you are traveling, it is sometimes the little things that are most intriguing – watching a local Saturday afternoon cricket game, exploring the grounds of the local village church, buying fresh quiche in the farm shop.
And you can’t beat spending time with sweet friends.
XXOO – Brooke