Rachel Awtrey


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Date Night at a Vineyard

We try and get a date night every so often - always married, forever dating, am I right?

Our favorite things to do are

  1. adventure
  2. drink wine
  3. listen to music

and by chance last night, all of the three above happened!

Last year we found a sweet vineyard tucked away in the hills of Medford, Oregon (this is about 2 hours from where we live in California). It's called Dancin' Vineyards and goes off of the theme that everything they do from growing and picking the grapes to serving people is a dance. Love that.

All of their seating is out side - first come, first serve. It's lit by sweet market lights outside of a yellow stucco Italian looking home with vines crawling up each corner. In the back, they raise chickens and have their Chardonnay grapes.

This particular night, there was a musician, an incredible guitaristcovering some of our favorite songs to sip our wine flight to. We both got the wine flight and tried a variety of white and red wines from their winery. We also ordered the charcuterie board with Willamette Valley Cheese Co. Brie, Rogue Creamery Brutal Blue, Briar Rose Chevre, Fruits, Bee Local Cherrywood Smoked Honey and Focaccia Crackers. YUM!

We were told the pizzas were big enough to split, so we did. We each had three pieces of the Passo E Mezzo with Duck Confit, Easy Valley Spinach and Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Buratta. It sounds super fancy but it was basically a pizza with duck meat, spinach, pesto and great great cheese.

To top off the lovely evening, we shared an ice cream with chocolate shavings and a Pinot Noir port before walking around some of the garden trails to see the coy ponds and the rest of the grounds.

Date nights are so special to us. We spend these evenings chatting about our dreams, our weeks and where we feel like the Lord is calling us in the next few days and years. It opens up great opportunity to hear each other and to understand each other without the pressure to be understood first. Needless to say, this date night was one for the books and this memory will be cherished forever. 

What's your favorite thing to do on a date night?