It has been a tough week in St. Maarten. Deep sea fishing (Bryan caught two Barracudas), working (Jo-Anne was on numerous conference calls and in multiple meetings), and spending some time at the spa (Jo-Anne) and beach front bar (Bryan). Today, we rented a Jeep and went completely around the island (both the Dutch and French sides).
One of the highlights of our trip was meeting Chris at Vinissimo Wine and Spirit Boutique in Marigot (on the French side of the island). We were hosting pre-dinner wines on the final night of Chairman’s Club and only had six bottles of wine. And 26 guests. We needed more wine so we ended up at Vinissimo and met Chris, the owner.
Driving Around the Island of St. Maarten
As is our tradition, we had to go on a ‘forced march’ and explore. Thus, we rented a jeep for the day (with the roof down it gives your ‘double’ the vacation, right Bobby?) and drove around the island.
We made our way around the island, stopping on the beach in front of the main runway at Princess Julianna Airport (SXM) and then continued on to Marigold. Yes, we were on the beach directly under the flight path as several large jets landed and took off. We saw this on YouTube so we simply had to see it for ourselves.
After watching several planes land and take off, we started to get anxious as the day was starting to get away on us and we (desperately?) needed six bottles of wine. Our deadline to return to the resort was 5:00 pm.
Verifying Our Wine Cellar Design at Vinissimo Wine and Spirit Boutique
We arrived at Vinissimo and it was closed. It looked like the owner had just gone for lunch so we waited. It was over an hour waiting. Finally, Chris opened her shop at 2:30 pm and we immediately walked in the door. It was fun to discuss wines with Chis and she recommended five French wines (her specialty, go figure) and we bought a ‘new world’ wine – 1997 Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon. Interestingly, Chris had some bottles of Beauregard Vineyards, which she quite liked. Bryan mentioned that Beauregard Vineyards is in the Santa Cruz Mountains not far from our house.
After buying six great bottles of wine, the next most important aspect of our visit was that we confirmed the design of our wine cellar.
We had designed our wine cellar to have a hardwood floor with six inches of crushed limestone between the hardwood and the wine racks. This is exactly what was in Vinissimo! It looked perfect – just what we are looking for in our design.
It was conforting to know that our design is robust.