My Nails and My…Winery Tour

 Disclaimer: Some press samples. See bottom.

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Polish and nail art addicts know that special events, fun activities and holidays all mean one thing: AWESOME NAILS. So I’ve decided every now and then to share with you what my nails are up to. When I pick nail art or polish for something special, I’ll share details with you! Kinda a nails adventure story! Let me know what you think of this post, and I’ll know whether it’s still worth doing in the future! So for my first “My Nails and My…” it’s going to be my nails and my … winery tour!

My best friend Linda and I decided to do something fun to catch up (which we hadn’t done in more than three months!) – so we booked a reservation for lunch at Renault Winery, and then went on a wine tour that included a tasting!

We had lunch at the restaurant Joseph’s. I ordered the Tuscan Burger – it was a big burger topped with lettuce, bacon and gorgonzola cheese, and included a side of seasoned Parmesan French Fries. In addition to my water, I ordered a glass of Renault White Syrah. It was chilled, and sweet. Linda ordered the Renault Riesling! Here’s mine:

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We both ordered the tiramisu cheesecake for dessert. I allowed myself the splurge day and enjoyed every bite and sip!

After lunch, we headed over to our tour! For $10, we were taken through rooms in the winery and learned the history. We received a small glass as a keepsake that we used during our taste test.

The first place we went was this room:

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In this room, the guide told us all about how Louis Renault started the winery, and how it survived through Prohibition. It’s one of the original rooms of the winery, which now includes a golf course, resort and restaurants.

Side note: I didn’t realize that Egg Harbor City, NJ, had so many wineries – at one time there were 88!! People wonder why New Jersey is called “the Garden State,” but I am proud of all the wonderful produce and yummy wine we make!!!

So back to Prohibition!

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Renault made $1 million a year alone on its Tonic during Prohibition which was all alcohol, with one agent in it that made it “healing.” Renault labeled the tonic with flavors like Port and Sherry, and “warned” against refrigerating the tonic because the healing agent would separate from the alcohol – all a clever way of getting alcohol into consumer’s hands legally!

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After learning a bit about how grapes are turned into wine, we moved into the tasting area. We received our glass, and this list of Renault wines, of which we tried 7:

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We tried the whites Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling; the rose blush Pink Lady; the reds Royal Rouge and Merlot, the sparkling wine Blueberry Champagne and the specialty wine White Port.

I ended up purchasing a bottle of the May Wine. I can’t wait to try it!

So wrapping this all back to my nails! I wanted to wear something summery and playful for our fun, classy afternoon! This is what I did with JulieG Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead, and KBShimmer Nail Vinyls:

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy
Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy
I’m obsessed with these nail vinyls, they are so easy to use. I will never let myself get frustrated again by striping tape!!

Anyway, the color of Santorini is most accurate in the flash photo where I’m holding the wine glass. Santorini is on my list of favorite polishes in 2014 so far. Loved this mani and didn’t take it off right away! Plus, I think the mani contrasted quite nicely against the White Syrah!

Have you ever taken a winery tour?

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