I’ve had quite busy day already, and it isn’t even time to go to dinner yet! My excursions covered almost 5 miles, in all.
I agreed to a 15 minute meeting for a time-share survey this morning, and the fellow who came actually kept it to 15 minutes. I think he realized that he didn’t have a potential sale, and I wasn’t worth spending much time with. However, I got a coupon book and a $30 dinner voucher out of it, and so I’ll be off to have an Italian meal before my show tonight – the only one that I booked for this visit that doesn’t have dinner as part of the evening. And I expect that there will be left-overs!
I flipped through the coupon book, and found a 10% discount for Shogun Japanese Hibachi Steak House just a couple of miles away, and with an order of scallops and shrimp with extra vegetables, I had enough to bring some home for tomorrow’s lunch.
From there I went up the hill another mile or so to the Stone Hill Winery. The vineyards and the main location is in Hermann, MO, near St. Louis, but they bottle their Spumanti here in Branson, so they can call themselves a winery! Before prohibition they were the second largest winery in the country, and as a result the government made an example of them, destroying most of the kegs, burning the grapevines, and dismantling equipment. The owners turned their cellars into mushroom farms, but that business fell apart in the ’60s. And then it was bought once again to be a winery, and is now the second largest in Missouri, and a consistent award winner.
They have an excellent tour – with a tasting at the end of about 10 wines, plus sherry and port. That, of course leads to purchasing, which I did.
So when I’m not traveling, I can light a fire in the fireplace, (I do have one, but it’s gas – and I’m not sure if it actually works, but the concept appeals!) and cuddle up with a good book and a glass of port!
Bobby – who bottles the Spumanti
But now, I must away – dinner calls, and I need to bundle up. It’s actually warmed up to 27, but there is a wind!
More of my Branson adventures tomorrow.