It just so happened that the Vina Trappist Monastery was right on my way as I was driving to visit my brother Mike today, so I stopped by for a quick visit.
There is something so very special about this place that as soon as you enter through the gates a peaceful feeling overcomes you.
It is a very holy and beautiful place.
And guess who I saw.... my special friend Brother Raphael. I enjoyed a quick visit with him, as I have mentioned before, he is a very holy and wonderfully joyful spirit.
Even a few moments with this special man uplifts my spirit.
I don't see him often, especially since he lives a cloistered life.
All of the monks are special and I am sure it is their spirit, prayers, and connection with God that resonates through the monastery and gives it that feeling of such warmth and peacefulness.
The I remembered that I was out of wine so I stopped by the Tasting Room to pick up a bottle or two. Raphael recommended the Syrah, he said it had won a few awards.
A little about the Monastery and Vineyard.
So - I bought 4 bottles, it is good wine.
Couldn't wait to get home to try some of the wine that my friends grow and make...... Holy wine for sure.
With a nice flavor....