A Date Night in the Ohio Wine Country

Well, it’s Monday again. 

But the good news?  It’s a short week … hurray!  Open-mouthed smile

This past Saturday was the first in many many weeks that we didn’t wake up and run.  I think we were both a little lost for what to do with ourselves!

We ended up having a lazy morning, which included lots of Sports Center (Brandon) and blogging (Kristen).  Eventually, we got off of our lazy behinds and decorated our Christmas tree!


However, considering the fact that it’s only about 4 feet, it took us all of 15 minutes to decorate. Winking smile  Does it remind anyone else of another “famous” Christmas tree?

peanuts christmas

But we love it anyway. Smile with tongue out

Saturday night, Brandon took me out on the town!  He had planned an entire date night for us.

We started our evening doing a wine tasting at “The Winery at Versailles.”

Who knew that Ohio had wineries??  I sure didn’t!

The winery was so cute.  It had a very homey feel, and it was all decorated for Christmas.


We sat upstairs at our own private table.  It was very romantic. Winking smile


You get to choose 5 different wines that you want to sample, and they have a whole page with descriptions to help you decided.


I ended up choosing all sweeter wines (no big shock for those who know about my sweet tooth Angel).

The really neat part was that they also had wines made from different fruits, including blackberries …


… blueberries …


… and apples!


I think my personal favorite was the sparkling blueberry.


It would be a great substitute for champagne on New Years Eve! Thumbs up

I also loved the “Schokoladenkirschwein.”  It was the bright pink wine to the far right.  The description called it a “chocolate cherry wine,” and the description was spot on!  Chocolate wine?  Count me in! Winking smile


We had a great time sampling the various wines and exploring the winery.  Before we knew it, it was time to head to dinner!

When we got to “The Inn at Versailles,” we were greeted by a very attractive older gentleman.


He wasn’t very friendly, though … Thinking smile

We ate at the Inn’s restaurant, Michael Anthony’s.


The menu had plenty of fancy-sounding dishes, but I zeroed in on exactly what I wanted.


Chicken and waffles, at a fancy restaurant?  Yes, please!! Open-mouthed smile


The waffles alone weren’t that amazing, but pairing the sweetness of the waffle with the saltiness of the chicken was the perfect combination. 

This meal also brought back memories from our Chicago trip, where I first experienced chicken and waffles.


Of course this time, I was able to eat them in a slightly more civilized manner …


… like, sitting down, for instance. Winking smile

Normally we don’t order dessert when we go out to eat, but I convinced Brandon to split one with me.

(And by “split one,” I mean let him eat two bites and I eat the rest.  No, really.)


We ended up choosing the “Chocolate Decadence.”

Here’s the description from the website:

“Callebaut Belgian dark and milk chocolate flourless tart garnished with white and dark chocolate Ganache and raspberry-mango puree.”

I don’t know what half of that means, but it was delicious.

With full bellies, we headed home.  We then ended up falling asleep on the couch watching football. 

This sounds normal, but what I didn’t mention was that it was only 9:00. 

Poor Brandon … he’s turning into a senior-citizen like his wife. Winking smile


Question for ya …

What did you do this weekend?

Have you ever tried a wine that wasn’t made of grapes??

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?

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25 Responses to A Date Night in the Ohio Wine Country

  1. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    what a fun night! we decorate for xmas on thanksgiving day. i can’t wait!
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  2. Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health

    Aw that sounds like such a fun night!! I wish Chris liked wine so that we could do something like that! I didn’t even know there was wine that was made from other things haha…but now I really want to try it! Hope you have a great Monday!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww he doesn’t like wine? Bummer!

  3. Sam

    such a fun date. way to go to your hubs for planning it! i’m with you, sweet wine all the way :) and yes, we have definitely decorated for christmas. waiting until after thanksgiving to do the outside so that the neighbors don’t think i’m too crazy!
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  4. Tabaitha

    Sounds like a wonderful weekend. I love wine, but have never tried anything that wasn’t made from grapes. We also put up our Christmas tree and decorated this weekend. It was so much.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww fun weekend!

  5. Becky @ Fit Chick on the FLy

    What a sweet date night! Those chicken waffles look very interesting….
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahha Becky, “interesting” Is never a good thing!! ;)

  6. Jordan

    oh my gosh you guys are so adorable. what a fun date night! i love wine tastings.
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  7. Gretchen

    The wine tasting sounds like so much fun! We went to a beer tasting once…it actually ended up being hard cider…it was pretty awesome! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hard cider … that sounds pretty good for the cooler temperatures we’re having! :)

  8. Kiah

    I love that you guys are so gung-ho with the holiday decorations…and little trees always have more personality! :-)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha I like that thought, Kiah! ;)

  9. Jennifer

    That is a great winery! I stopped there on my way home in Detroit from Nashville. I never knew Ohio had a wine country either :) I just discovered your blog a few days ago but so far I’m loving your posts!

    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Jennifer!!!

  10. Ellie@fitforthesoul

    You’re right, that is a really cute and comfy little place~~:) And you guys are such a beautiful couple, for reals!

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, Ellie!! I think I’m a pretty lucky girl. ;)

  11. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    I’m not usually a wine drinker, but chocolate wine? I could go for that!

    That’s how my dessert sharing goes too..it never works out :) .
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    • notsodomesticated

      Glad I’m not the only one who hoards her dessert. ;)

  12. Janelle

    I LOVE all wine tasting! Isn’t your first non training Saturday so odd?? It is nice though I must say…funny you had chicken and waffles this weekend bc so did I!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      You had chicken and waffles, too?? How funny! Brandon thinks I’m nuts haha!

  13. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Haha, and a very attractive older gentlemen he is!

    It looks like you had a great time. Will & I went wine tasting for the first time a few months ago, and I was allll about the sweeter dessert wines too! We should be proud of our sweet teeth ;)
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