Ultimate Wine Nerd: Father’s Day Edition

As I have mentioned before, our family strives to focus on experiences and not stuff when it comes to gift giving.  My husband made it clear that he really wanted to relax at home on his Father’s Day.  So, I planned a lazy breakfast and Sunday dinner he didn’t have to grill.

For the rest of the day, this happened.


You may have figured out that I am a bit of a nerd.  What you may not know is that I am a happily married to a nerd and we are raising two delightfully nerdy sons.  Part of our nerdy-ness is our love of board games, particularly the complicated European ones with eight different types of cards and 27-page rule books that take seven hours to play.

On a recent family adventure, we discovered Mox Boardinghouse in Bellevue.  We spent an afternoon looking at all the games and checking one out for a test run over lunch in the restaurant.  There was even a Magic The Gathering event going on in the Tournament room.  The boys can’t wait to go back.

What surprised me is that we found multiple strategy games based on wine.  I picked up Viticulture because I figured it would be a fun way to share the wine experience with our kiddos.  It is a worker placement game where you go through the seasons and the key elements of wine making.  You need to build the right structures (a trellis is needed to plant most grape types), plant the right type of grapes in your fields, harvest them to your crush pads, decide what kind of wine to make (red, white, blush or sparkling), and sell the right wine out of your cellars at the right time to earn victory points. If you like Settlers of Catan, I think you might enjoy this one. (YouTube has some great game play run through videos.  This one helped jump-start our knowledge so we didn’t have to fight over our own interpretations of the rule book.)

It was fun to play and the kids liked it too.  In fact, they liked it so much so that Tuscany: Expand the World of Viticulture magically showed up on our doorstep a few days later.

So yesterday we played at wine making, tried out the first of the Tuscany expansions and enjoyed being together as a family.  It was just the experience we wanted.  I hope you too were able to toast the men in your life in your own special way.