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Fort Worth Date Night: Appreciating the grape

BY MIKE BLOOMBERG
April 08, 2010

One reason couples don’t often succeed is that it becomes too easy to take each other for granted. Life either becomes too simple or the difficulties become bigger than a relationship. Sometimes this wisdom comes with age, experience, a death, a birth or a life-changing event.

As I’ve matured, I’ve started to realize the importance of simply being grateful. To not focus on what I don’t have, but, rather, how rich my life truly is. This may be one of the keys to a successful relationship. Willie Nelson, who is known to have had an interesting life, really summed up this point best when he said, “When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

You can start with the easy ones. Family, loved ones, kids, a job, a house and so on. But, be creative. I’ll get you started. I am thankful for chocolate, especially, Peanut M&M’s. I’m grateful for Thai food. There’s something about eating that perfect dish of Pad Thai. I’m even thankful for wine. Wine? Yes, wine. And, apparently, I’m not the only one. Grapevine has devoted a whole weekend to the showing the city’s appreciation for the stuff.

Over the weekend of April 16 and 17, Grapevine will be celebrating its 18th annual Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail. What does this all mean? A lot of sampling of wines! There are many activities going on during this annual celebration. Some of these include actual blessings at wineries, an actual Wine Trail, which involves a trip through historic Grapevine, wineries and several others events.

However, the most “date-rific” activity might be the New Vintage Jazz Wine Trains. Such a brilliant idea to combine food, wine and live jazz all while cruising along in a train. According to the Website, “The popular Jazz Wine Train will run on two evenings – April 16 and 17 – at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, located at Grapevine’s historic Cotton Belt Depot at 705 S. Main Street. The captivating excursion features several Grapevine wines, delicious dinner and live jazz entertainment in each passenger car. The Jazz Wine Train boards both evenings at 6:40 p.m., departs at 7 p.m. and returns at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 per person.”

Often times in relationships, experts say that if you don’t want to lose your partner, you better “get on board.” Perhaps, this Jazz Wine Train is a metaphor for the ideal couple. For those in need of a night out and for those who still date regularly. Just remember that while you are blessing the wine, take a moment to also be thankful for who you are sharing this experience with. Salud!

For complete information on the Blessing of the Vines,

visit: www.grapevinetexasusa.com/newvintage

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