Not too far from the farm I’m buying, a ways past the Big Round Barn on Route 66; is the Tres Suenos Winery in Luther Oklahoma. Let me paint a picture for you…
This is the view I’ll be driving by every day when we move!
It’s an enjoyable drive. We coasted along the empty, 2 lane road with fields and pastures to our left and right. It’s early autumn, so some of the crops have already been harvested. I love this red, Oklahoma dirt.
There’s not a lot of traffic, just an occasional tractor or truck. Out here, people don’t have to drive fast. You give a little wave to any vehicle you pass. I stopped waving at every truck years ago, when I realized that city people just think you’re weird. I couldn’t stop grinning as I explained the wave thing to my hubby.
It’s small town etiquette: just a friendly acknowledgment. Like a “Hey, I see you. Not going to run you off the road” type of thing. People that don’t wave might be having a bad day, maybe you should call and check on them later. If they don’t wave and you don’t recognize them; it’s potentially a serial killer, or at best a driver who isn’t paying attention. You should remember their vehicle make and model just in case.
Small towns watch out for each other- that’s the thing I hated most growing up in one. It’s also the thing I miss the most!
As you get closer to Tres Suenos Winery, the paved road narrows and gets a little dirty…and in the rear view all you’ll see is a fantastic cloud of red dust. When I hear the sound gravel kicking around, my inner redneck just comes out. I can’t help it, it’s in my blood.
Then it stops being a dirty road and becomes a dirt road. Now, I don’t know how to explain what’s special about a dirt road. There are a million country songs about it. I think you have to grow up here to understand. But I’m pretty sure this is why we have such a truck culture in Oklahoma. We call everything a truck, even if it’s a car. And if it’s a car…it wishes it were a truck.
We arrived at Tres Suenos Winery during a big wine tasting festival. There was live bluegrass music, food, and a craft show. I got to chat with one of the owners for a bit, even though they were super busy. I love when owners operate their own businesses.
I told them I’m pretty ignorant about wine varieties, but I like drinking it! A gentleman explained what different terms mean but I already forgot it all. Turns out we like the sweet stuff. I do remember that wine with less sugar is called dry. I’m pretty sure I need to go back a few times to complete my education.
After tasting a few wines, we picked the yummiest one and bought a bottle. (Here’s the wine list!) I posted the picture above on Facebook, and my brother commented, “If they give you the whole bottle, it’s not wine tasting. That’s drinking.” Touché, brother! We tasted that whole bottle while we walked around the vineyard.
The vineyard was really pretty this time of year. I’d love to see grapes on the vine next year. This was such a cool date. I can see why so many people want to get married here, it’s beautiful. The owners are friendly, it’s gorgeous, and we truly had the best time. One of my favorite memories this year. I can’t say enough good things about Tres Suenos Winery.
Farm Update: the owners of “my” farm have accepted our contingency offer. Contingency is tricky, it could fall through if someone else buys the farm before my house sells. (But it won’t.)
I refuse to let doubt pollute my thoughts! I’m considering it mine; because thoughts and words have power- and things I say tend to come true. So on that note; I expect my house to sell during tax season, and I’ll be moving in the first quarter of next year. I plan to give you a grand tour of the place, and show you lots of my DIY home decor attempts. I might even pick up a hammer. You never know.
Catch ya next time!