Art Beat: The Antiques Diva visits Tres Suenos Winery

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>Each year for Christmas I return home to America, enjoying time with family and friends – this annual time in Oklahoma restores my soul after a busy year, keeping me grounded as I return to my roots, taking long drives in pickup trucks, staring out at cattle-filled pastures and singing “home on the range”. My sister and I giggle and chat late into the night like we did when we shared a bedroom, first a bunk bed as children and later a double bed in a room with traditional rose petal wallpaper for me and funky touches for my sister.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />While I’m in the States, my sister and I try to spend as much time together as possible – we sneak out of her house early in the morning to invade the local Barnes & Noble for coffee and bagels while chatting over a stack of crumb-filled decorating books and magazines. And I follow her as she tends to life with her 6 kids. In some ways we’re as different as night and day: me living in Europe with my cat and no kids and she in Oklahoma, the modern-day (yet exceedingly more hip) Old Mother Hubbard (with piercings and flared blue jeans). But those are just surface details – people can always tell we’re sisters.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 310px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />When I follow her to the grocery store someone inevitably stops us saying, “You MUST be related!”, commenting on the way we both talk with our hands. And one morning while in Starbucks, a woman eavesdropping from the next table sputters, “It’s like watching someone talk to themselves in a mirror!” adding “You’re both so excited!”. And most recently, when we walked into a printing company to view a sample copy of the local monthly art journal my sister edits, the guy behind the counter leapt to his feet and yelled, “I never knew you had a sister!”.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 264px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />On my recent trip to the States this December 2009, it seemed my sister was busier than normal – I arrived in the middle of her putting the monthly art publication she edits to bed. It was Art Beat’s annual food issue and she’d decided she wanted to include an article on Oklahoma wineries.

to 10px; WIDTH: 170px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 170px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />She diligently researched Oklahoma wine and decided to write the article herself – moreover, since I was in town, she decided “This was a case for The Antiques Diva™!”. Not a wine connoisseur herself, she knew that I’d be willing and ready to help out with the interview. We hopped into a pickup truck and drove up a dusty road to the nearby vineyard, Tres Suenos, one that had come with a recommendation as one of the 1st in the state, and were greeted by Wine Grower Richard Kennedy and his assistant in the tasting room, Colleen Hendrix.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />What followed were several hours of perhaps the best wine tour I’ve ever had. My sister confessed she was “almost a wine virgin” and that the few times she had consumed had been with my husband and me when we brought bottles for Christmas dinner. Richard immediately put her to ease, explaining the process, introducing us to what was clearly his favorite subject. He spoke of the science and technology of wine making, and then he spoke of the art in creating the perfect blend. He took us into his work rooms, explaining step-by-step how each process worked. Much of what he said wasn’t new to me – but the way he said it was.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />Since moving to Europe my husband and I have visited countless wineries and done literally thousands of wine tastings, but what moved me about the tour of Tres Suenos Vineyard was the lack of pretentiousness, the grace and humility in which Richard Kennedy spoke of wine. This was a man who enjoyed the grape. It wasn’t about buying the most expensive bottle or making sure the bottle had the right label on it. He educated us, and explained terms in the most simplistic manner, answering questions I’d been afraid to ask in snootier vineyards and he made those questions seem like they weren’t the least bit silly. When we moved onto the wine tasting with Colleen, she spoke passionately about her own wine conversion, explaining how she hadn’t been into wine until recent years and she shared cooking tips as my sister and I sipped our way through 11 Tres Suenos wines.

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />As we were finishing up the wine tasting, I noticed that Tres Suenos was offering a Group Tour to Italy this May 2010. Having just spent an afternoon stateside in Richard’s company, I knew undoubtedly that to visit the wineries of Italy with him would be a trip of a lifetime! And I wanted to share the trip details with my readers so they too could have an opportunity to learn wine, down-home-style, with Richard Kennedy and Tres Suenos Winery!

Tres Suenos Winery – Vineyards of Italy Tour!
May 15-23, 2010

to 10px; WIDTH: 400px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 300px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />2 nights in Alba
2 nights in Treviso
1 day in Venice
nights Montecatini
½ day in Florence
½ day in Chianti
2 nights in Rome

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Tres Suenos Website


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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.

  • What a fun post Toma, I enjoyed reading about your holiday back home.
    The Italian wine tour will be fun ~ that coincides with my birthday, May 16th.

    I hope that you had a wonderfully romantic Valentines Day.

  • What a gift to be so closely bonded to your sister. (And to make it home for Christmas every year) Thanks for the info on the Tres Suenos wine tour. Have a great week.