Jul 07 2014

My Nails and My…Winery Tour

 Disclaimer: Some press samples. See bottom.

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy

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:

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy

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:

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy

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!

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy
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!

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy
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:

Jesse's Girl Julie G Santorini and KBShimmer Full Bloom Ahead Nail Vinyl nail art on BeautyJudy
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?

Disclaimer: I received the Nail Vinyls and Santorini to review from the PR firm/Manufacturer. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!






  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    How beautiful! Love the mix

  • Betzy Carmona

    Your nails look amazing

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Love the nail art but how dare you booze without me 😉

  • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

    Your nails look fan! I am a major wine girl…your tour looked awesome.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks!! Yes, I am obsessed with reds. I’ve been on a sweeter kick lately, but I won’t kick a red wine off the table, no matter what it is!

  • http://www.stephanielouiseatb.blogspot.com Stephanie Louise Telford

    Wow do beautiful! I love that mani too!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

    Is it just me or are all winery’s so dark and have so much wood? What’s with the wood?

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL It must have something to do with moisture?!

  • FabZilla_Kath

    Thanks for taking me to your tour via your story-telling! You made me want tiramisu now! Great looking mani as per usual!

    • BeautyJudy

      LOL Mmmm I want more of that cheesecake, made even better after a couple glasses of wine, because I didn’t care about the calories!!!

  • Cindi

    Oh your nails are so beautiful. That winery is gorgeous in that one shot with the grapevines overhead. I’ve never taken a winery tour, but I did “beer school” at Sea World or Six Flags Fiesta Texas I can’t recall which one it was. I love the way you used the glitter polish beneath and let bits of it peek through. I think that makes it pop even more than if it were a full nail of it.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks, Cindi. BEER SCHOOL sounds like heaven!!! When I went to Munich about 6 years ago, I did this tour where we visited a bunch of breweries, sampled at each one (all within walking distance) and then ended at the famous beer hall that I’m totally blanking on. It was an amazing night, and I think I would do that over and over again over the winery tour, so I need to see if our Six Flags does that!!!

  • Anastasia

    oooh so chic! Your nails turned out beautifully, and I hope you had a blast

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Anastasia! It was a blast!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

    Ooh I love a great wine tour!

    • BeautyJudy

      I can’t believe this was my first one!

  • Justina

    Beautiful winery and super cute mani!

    • BeautyJudy

      It was very cool!

  • Cindy Ingalls

    Such cute nail art! Wine tours are so fun!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Cindy! I agree, it was a blast!

  • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

    Love the mani. I am a junkie for wine tours… I love them and it is such a relaxing time for me 😉

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Honeygirl! It was a very relaxing time, and a new, different experience!

  • Ange

    Such a fun mani!! LOVE wine tours!

    • BeautyJudy

      I need to do more! Thanks!

  • GlitteryGlossy

    Nice mani!

    • BeautyJudy


  • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

    Very pretty manicure!

    • BeautyJudy


  • http://www.portraitofmai.com/ Mai

    I really like that KBShimmer nail polish, it reminds me of a jawbreaker!

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too, I am a sucker for a glitter in a white base!!!

  • http://www.painted-ladies.com/ Sheila Arkee

    I enjoyed reading about your trip and Santorini is lovely!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks Sheila! I really enjoyed talking about the yummy food I ate, loL!!

  • http://www.clumpsofmascara.com Brittany

    Wait wuh….what are these nail vinyls that you speak of? I’ve never heard of them but I HATE nail strips so these sound like they’d be up my alley. And um…cheesecake? Yuuuum!

  • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

    Super cute mani! I am not much of a wine drinker, but that looks like a fun experience.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks! I’ve slowly gotten into wine over the years. But I know so many who are beer drinkers, or cocktail drinkers, or wine …or no drinkers! lol.

  • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

    That winery looks heavenly

    • BeautyJudy

      It was. The best part was the wine tasting, lol!

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I’ve never been to any of the NJ wineries. Looks great! Love the KB Shimmer polish

    • BeautyJudy

      I love that polish too. The winery was so cool!