Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: How My Sister Is Making Our Wedding-Day Wine

Bride-to-be Blogger Kristy: How My Sister Is Making Our Wedding-Day Wine

Kristy and her sister Jenny in California during Kristy's visit over Thanksgiving.

Over Thanksgiving, I traveled to California to visit my sister and maid of honor, Jenny.

We had an amazing time enjoying Thanksgiving with friends and their families, hiking the coast at Point Reyes, visiting wineries in Russian River, exploring small towns, running through vineyards, and enjoying the sunshine with bike rides and picnics in Sonoma.

Jenny relocated to California in 2007 when she decided to pursue her master’s degree in viniculture and enology. I know—what a mouth full!—but to sum it up, she makes wine, and really delicious wine, at that. The vacation was a much-needed break for the two of us; relaxing and clearing our minds a bit, catching up, and just being sisters. Eventually, though, we had a little business to take care of, because Jenny is graciously making our wedding-toast wine.

The idea came about after sampling several of her “experimental” wines over the past few years. She would take left over grapes from the season’s harvest and compile them into a tasty rose or blended red. This past summer, she produced a wedding-toast wine for her friend’s wedding. I helped design the label for the wine bottles, and it made me realize that this would be amazing for our wedding, too! Jenny’s friend’s approach to their wedding was to ask as many talented friends to provide something for their celebration in substitution for a gift, whether it be wine, desserts, photos, or music. Eric and I also want to incorporate this idea as much as possible, while still allowing friends and family to enjoy the day as a guest.

Thankfully, when I approached Jenny about making our toast wine, she agreed, and thankfully, a neighboring winery had excess amounts of Zinfandel grapes this harvest. (And California zinfandels are one of my favorite wines too—how perfectly convenient!) Jenny has been sending me updates on the wine’s status, and experimenting with oak trials and other unconditional techniques not typically used at her winery. And over my visit, I got to taste the wine and bring a small sample home to share with Eric.

The time and effort that she’s investing in our toast wine is a testament of her love for Eric and I, and of course, her love of wine! In all truthfulness, I’m honored to have such a wonderful sister, maid of honor, and wine maker. She is going to make one heck of a toast and wine on our wedding day.

Did you have family or friends make something specifically for your wedding? Did you have someone you know provide a service for the Big Day (like music, photos, or an officiant)?

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  • ICDogg

    Expecting O-line. I think they were hoping DJ Jones would be available for the practice squad but the Giants claimed him.

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      Eagles got a kid from the Texans who came with high regards. He can play Tackle and Guard, and supposeidly gets onto the second level with ease.

      • ICDogg

        Yes, I saw that. But I still think they’ll add a tackle to the PS.

        Glad to see Chase Ford on the squad. I think he’s actually pretty close to NFL-ready, more so than Brackett (though Brackett has better receiving ability).

        Wondering if anyone picked up Monte Taylor. Good DE prospect. The Eagles are a DE factory lately.

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    Nice! I was very impressed with Rau and Trotter. This Ford kid, with a bit of seasoning he’s going to be something special in two years. Ford at 6’6 and 250lbs, lining up next to Kelly or Dunlap both at 6’9 and weighing 330lbs is imposing.

  • professor619

    I’m surprised they haven’t tried to sign cliff harris to the practice squad considering he had a strong training camp until his injury

  • omniskillz

    McNutt is there because he knows the system. They offered Chad Hall a spot on the practice squad, but Hall declined. If Chad accepted I doubt McNutt would of been given the invitation.

  • http://twitter.com/Eagles_Phan215 Eagles_Phan215

    DE Frank Trotter and WR Brian “B.J.” Cunningham Jr. also signed to Practice Squad. Only 1 more spot available…

    • ICDogg

      Would have preferred Monte Taylor to Trotter, but OK.

      Maybe the last spot is reserved for Lindley should he clear waivers and not have another team to go to.

      • A_T_G

        Lindsey isn’t eligible. That’s why he wasn’t on the PS last year

        • ICDogg

          ok, thanks