Do as the Tennesseans do!
Take pictures upon your arrival to the vineyard, so you have proof you were there.
Stalk the country music artist owner to get your picture taken and then don’t smile because you want to act like it’s no big deal.
Bring your own food into the winery to enjoy while sipping (well, you’re supposed to sip but I like to guzzle) wine. Being that we are transplants from Iowa, we’re Midwesterners and (otherwise referred to as Yankees in the South – because people here tend to forget the Civil War ended 140+ years ago) we are very no nonsense about our table and how we arrange our snacks.
It seems Southerners on the other hand are a tad more uppity with their dining decor. Our table neighbors had a pressed table cloth to feature the same store bought food.
Paper napkins are a must at a winery! If you have one too many people show up, you can always add additional napkins quickly by ripping in half.
Paper napkins also double as photo shields when you’re trying to hide from your camera happy daughter.
Don’t bother bringing plates for your snacks, either.
Plus, with low maintenance food, cleaning up is a snap.
In case you didn’t have time to give yourself a proper manicure, don’t worry. Just whip your scissors out at a table and proceed like you’re in the comforts of your own home. It’s not trashy at all.
As for Southern winery attire, you can go one of two ways.
Or you can choose the more comfortable route…
A heavy handed pour helps empty Arrington wine bottles with swift ease.
But if you’re really worried about getting all of the wine (like me), just drink from the bottle. Totally acceptable.
What winery visit would be complete without a photo bomb?
After all of the chugging and glugging, you’ll find it hard to leave. I got rather attached to a big, shiny tree on my way out.
And proud of it.