Scrabble Success on a Winery Terrace

Zin & StingersI’ve made my living as a writer and an editor for close to 40 years now. I landed my first newspaper job at age 16, and while I wasn’t exactly making a living at that time, I was gaining valuable experience that would serve me well in the years to come.

I like to think that I’m pretty good at what I do — which is important, since I don’t do much of anything else well. Yet when it comes to Scrabble, I lose regularly to friends in professions that have absolutely nothing to do with words.

So when I actually won a game a few weeks ago, it was cause for celebration. And when I managed to earn 50 bonus points with a seven-letter word, it was cause for a photo.

Why am I sharing my Scrabble adventures and misadventures in a blog devoted to wine? Two reasons:

1. Check out the three-letter word just above STINGERS. Yes, Zinfandel fans, that one was mine, too.

2. The game took place on the terrace of Villa San-Juliette, in San Miguel, Calif. — a winery that we’ve featured several times here at Vinesse.

If you’re planning a wine country vacation or weekend getaway anytime soon, take along your Scrabble board… or some other game, if you prefer. Most wineries are more than happy to have you stick around for a while… especially if you’re drinking a glass or two of their wine.

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