So this was fun ….
We were on vacation a couple of weeks ago in the Outer Banks of North Carolina – Duck, to be specific. We’re always reluctant to leave the house when we are there, because … I don’t know … the waves or the gulls or the sea oats might do something spectacular. You have to watch them every second. Anyway, we were on one of our rare jaunts into Duck and stopped at a favorite gourmet food and wine shop, Tommy’s. If you know Tommy’s, you know why we go there. If you don’t know Tommy’s, go there. It was Tasting Tuesday at Tommy’s [don’t you love alliteration?], and we were making the rounds, tasting all the free snacks and goodies we could get our hands on. We tasted hand-made chocolates (bought some), homemade pound cake (bought some), kettle corn (bought some) … you get the idea, right? This is why Tommy’s has Tasting Tuesdays. Mr. and Mrs. Tommy are smart folks. We only went in for scallops – I swear. That’s all we needed … scallops.
I turned a corner while Jim was investigating some beer. Lo and behold, THESE were staring me in the face:
Now, for you non-cousin readers, you may not know why these are significant. So let me tell you … Shelton and Childress are family names to me. My mother’s maiden name is Shelton, and my father’s mother’s maiden name was Childress. And there they were, sitting on the shelf, right next to each other.
I know what you’re thinking … did you buy them?
You bet we did !
When we got home, I promptly turned on what Jim calls “that magic divining machine,” and searched for info on the vineyards. Here’s what I found:
Shelton Vineyards – http://www.sheltonvineyards.com/default.aspx?shelton=42
Owned by Charlie and Ed Shelton in Dobson, NC
Childress Vineyards – http://www.childressvineyards.com/home.asp
Owned by NASCAR owner Richard Childress, in Lexington, NC
I have no idea if I am related to Charlie, Ed, or Richard … but you can bet I’m going to try to figure it out. In the meantime, I’m going to drink some nice wine, and wish I was back in Duck. I *always* wish I was back in Duck.