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Last week I complained about the fact that there was still no marketing for the upcoming Time Traveler’s Wife movie.  Well, someone must have been listening to me, because suddenly, there is a trailer and a website!

Check it out here.  I reserve the right to be skeptical about the chances of turning a great book into a great movie, but I did get a couple of goosebumps while watching the trailer…

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I’m not a big movie person.  In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I saw a movie in the theater.  If I watch a movie, I prefer to do so at home, in my jammies, cuddled up with my husband.  But several book-to-movies are coming out this summer that might make me re-think that preference, because I don’t know that I can wait for the DVD version of a couple of these!

My Sister's KeeperMy Sister’s Keeper – Opens June 26.  This is the first Jodi Picoult book I read (and the last one I really enjoyed).  R and I actually fought over the copy we were both trying to read, because we both got so hooked on it.  Plus, any movie that can create even a tenuous connection with 30 Rock (through Alec Baldwin) has my vote!

My Life in France

Julie and Julia – Opens August 7.  I just finished reading (and loving) Julia Child’s memoir, on which half of this movie is based.  Although I haven’t read the book on which the other half is based, Julie and Julia, this movie still looks really appealing to me.  Based on the trailer, Meryl Streep has nailed Child’s unique speech and habits, and I bet this one is going to be really cute.

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife – Opens August 14.  I absolutely adored this book.  It took me through an entire range of emotions, and I loved every page of it.  I’m doubtful that any movie could do this novel justice, but I’m willing to give it a shot.  If only they would get their marketing act together and put up a website or even a trailer already…

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Miraculously, R didn’t have to go in to the hospital at all on Memorial Day, so we took advantage of the rare day off together by taking a day trip!

We drove up to Dahlonega, GA which apparently was the location of the first major U.S. gold rush.  But more importantly, it is home to many of Georgia’s wineries – including Montaluce Winery and Estates, our destination.

Montaluce is a Tuscan-style winery and we could see the influence in the architecture, food, and estate design.  Driving through the property, we passed several beautiful buildings overlooking portions of the vineyard.  It almost felt like we were driving through the Tuscan countryside!

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We started with a tasting of Italian red wines.  (They were actually bottling Montaluce’s first harvest while we were there, so we didn’t have the opportunity to taste any of their wines.)  The bartender was great and kept throwing out ‘bonus’ tastes for us.

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To counter the effects of the tasting, we headed to the on-site restaurant, Le Vigne.  Between the delicious flatbread pizzas and Georgia peach bread pudding, we practically rolled our way through the winery tour that followed lunch.  The facilities and grounds at Montaluce were lovely – I hope to return sometime after their own wines are available for tasting!

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Afterward, we headed to Dahlonega’s historical square for some people watching and window shopping.  Finally, it was home for some homemade peach cobbler (first Georgia peaches of the season!) and Slumdog Millionaire (am I the only person who didn’t like that movie?).  What a fantastic date day!

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