On a beautiful summer weekend, it’s hard to beat an afternoon at a winery. In Marquette of Clayton County, local wine experts at Eagles Landing Winery offer a wide variety of award-winning wines, and a wine garden to enjoy a glass or bottle with friends and family. On a July weekend, they offer Wine-a-Ritas, like margaritas just made with wine, to sample in the afternoon. When the sun gets warmer and warmer, a Wine-a-Rita is just what I need to enjoy a glass of Campfire Hooch, while still staying cool and refreshed.
The sun was high in the sky when I stepped into the cozy winery, and a frozen treat sounded like heaven. They set up a formal sampling for Wine-a-Ritas; I’d never had one before, so I tried one that had been made with Sweet Ruby. The smooth, frozen concoction was refreshing, and the sweet taste of blueberries paired with tart pomegranate complimented the bold red wine. It was a twist on a margarita tradition, and it was as delicious as it was refreshing. I tried a couple more of the adult slushy drinks, including one made with Constance, which was a crisp and clean white wine before I heard a band playing from the wine garden. I stood by the door to listen to the band play, as the musician’s voice filled the space with wonderful music on a summer afternoon. I walked back to the wine racks, bought a bottle of Mrs. Sippi, and sat outside to listen to the live entertainment.
I swirled the wine in my glass to gently waft the aroma of the wine, earning a slightly earthy tone from the wine. I took a sip, and the full flavor of the grapes and boldness of the wine was wonderful. I tend to go for semi-sweet or semi-dry wines, and Mrs. Sippi was just right for me. Back into the cool ice bucket it went, and I sipped on my wine while the band played through the afternoon.
It was a calm, laid-back day to enjoy a bottle of award winning wine in the river town of Marquette, and I had a fun time watching older couples dance to the live entertainment. I had made my way to the dance floor a couple times and joined a group of others grooving to the music. I sat down afterward to pour myself another glass of wine and watched the day roll by. It was a beautiful day in Clayton County to spend an afternoon at Eagles Landing Winery.
Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to Eagles Landing Winery