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“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness has never bought wine.” - Margot Dillard, Wine and Sweet Words

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Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 8:36 pm | Updated: 9:23 pm, Tue May 22, 2012.

Last weekend my best friend, Breanna, and I attended Lodi’s annual Zinfest. The sunshine glittered off the lake, cotton from the trees whispered on the wind into our wine glasses, and the happy murmur of people dressed like they were attending the Kentucky Derby filled the air. In 2011, I attended Breanna’s pre-Zinfest brunch via Skype. As a military wife living down in Long Beach, I attended many of my family and friends’ functions that way— over the computer. It was often bittersweet; I could be there, but not really be there. This year, I was ecstatic to attend Zinfest in the flesh. I was able to hug my friends, drink the delicious red nectar and feel the sun beat down on my shoulders.  No longer do I have to attend these fun events through a screen in the corner of a room! I think you can see the happiness on my face in this picture— I hope to be smiling like this for years in the future. Cheers to many Zinfests to come!

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