Weekend Wine-d Down: Party like it’s 1999

I know I don't talk politics around the blog often but today I'm picking a side.

And that side is with the Backstreet Boys.

I'm not going to draw a line in the sand and say we can't be friends if you side with N'Stink N'Sync but the 13 year old girl in me says that we probably shouldn't sit together at lunch today.


So my weekend kicked off in a great way. Friday night, I watched my brother play high school football and heard his name called on the loudspeaker for a big tackle. Since he's been old enough to throw a ball, I've dreamt of watching him play under Friday night lights so I was pumped! Then I had an impromptu night in midtown with Steph and Sammi. We had tapas, some yummy sangria and great conversation. I don't have many girlfriends in the area (most of my best friends live in other cities now) so it's been really nice have quality girl time. Saturday we did a family BBQ with our close friends and spent the day with Rob's nephews!


Sunday was my crowning glory though. I had plans to do some wine tasting with my friends before the BSB concert (more on that below in the wine area!).

I've been a fan of the Backstreet Boys since I was 9 years old, in 1997 when a CD informercial came on (anyone remember those?!) and I saw Nick's baby blues on the TV screen singing "Quit Playing Games with my Heart". My room was completely plastered with BSB posters I ripped out from "Teen Bop" and "Tiger Beat". I even entered a Burger King contest to meet them in 2001 when I bawled getting 2nd place and only winning 3rd row seats. I've seen them in concert at least 7 times, my last time being in 2011 for the NKOTBSB dual concert, so this year was a no brainer. Being the amazing boyfriend Rob is, he agreed to sit through 3 hours of girls maniacally screaming and my friend Chris (a fellow BSB fan) also came with. Yup, while droves of girls swarmed with their 15 girlfriends, I had two of my favorite boys.


Needless to say, I spent most of the concert singing my little heart out, squealing when Nick's face popped up on the screen and just dying from happiness. They put on an incredible show. I know I'm clearly biased but I DARE you to go to a BSB concert and still say NSync was the better boyband, it's just not possible. Something about the Backstreet Boys just takes me back to various points of my life, whether it be Millenium in middle school, Never Gone in high school or their newest CD In a World Like This, which is why I love them so much. And they only get better with age. One of my favorite parts of the concert? When Kevin said "Are you ready to party like is 1999?!" and I was like omgggg... I was 11 years old in 1999, and that phrase used to describe partying in the future!


Did you know Livermore has it's own beautiful wine country? I didn't either! I met up with my long lost loves Katie and Jessica for a day at Wente Vineyard for a picnic and some wine. I hadn't seen Katie or Jessica in months and it was an incredible reunion filled with giggles, inappropriate conversation and lots of accidental wine spilling onto the grass. We got lots of laughs over a (much too old) English man that stopped by to flirt, we ate our weight in bread and cheese and overall it was an incredible day spent with friends I don't see nearly enough!

WenteVineyardsWente Vineyard has a beautiful tasting room, patio seating and grassy area perfect for picnics. We decided to do the Harvest flight tasting that included 5 tastings of their higher end artisan wines for $10. My personal favorite was the 2011 Petite Syrah. We packed an incredible feast of cheeses, dips and pastas and settled down on a blanket with a chilled bottle of Wente's Riva Ranch Chardonnay. The Riva Ranch Chardonnay was an excellent summer wine, with fruity overtones but with lingering flavors of oak. It is a medium bodied wine with a long finish. Although Chardonnays are not traditionally my favorite, this was an excellent choice for a picnic and paired well with nearly all types of snacks.

Riva Ranch Chardonnay - Wente Vineyards
Year: 2012
Region: Arroyo Seco, CA
Local Price: $22.00 
Grade: B

While Sunday was one of my favorite days in all of 2013 (wine, BSB, what more could I want?!) we drove back home and didn't hit the hay until 2:00 a.m. (With Rob being such a trooper, making the drive). Needless to say, I needed my grande Salted Caramel Mocha to make it through the day.

Do you have a favorite Backstreet Boys song? If not, what was your favorite song from the 90s-2000s?


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10 thoughts on “Weekend Wine-d Down: Party like it’s 1999

  1. Evani, I'm afraid this NSYNC girl can't be friends with such a staunch BSB fan. I mean, BSB better than NSYNC? Yeah right.

    haha, just kidding! Although I was always a bigger NSYNC fan, BSB was still awesome. Sounds like the concert was a blast! Hopefully I'll get a chance to see them (and NSYNC) in concert someday!

  2. I'm completely with you on the BSB love. I'd take them any day over N'SYNC. lol
    "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" was always my fav. Looks like you had a blast!
    Have a great day!

  3. Ooooh you lucky girl you! I love BSB (I do also like N'Sync ... but they obviously come in second place.) My favorite song would have to be "Larger Than Life" simply because I know all the dance moves from the music video lol ... No lie, I recorded the music video on VHS and replayed it over and over until I got all the moves. Even that part where they throw and catch the girls... I used to make my lil brothers throw themselves at me just so I could do the dance move right lol. Ahhhh the memories! 😀

  4. Michelle

    I agree. The concert was so awesome! 😀 I was a huge BSB fan too, but this was my first time seeing them perform live (took me 20 years...haha).

  5. so yes I was a litttttleeeee bummed when I found out that my brother went to the Irvine concert. I sooo wanted to be there. I was so close yet so far... because I passed the venue to pick up Rob. hahahaha... sad.

    uhm YES. KTBSBPA. Nick Carter will FOREVER be my teenage heartthrob. The first time I saw them was on a small TV in Indonesia in 1995 singing in the snow for the video of "I'll Never Break Your Heart". They were just baaarreeely starting in America because they were super big already in Europe & Asia. Then of course "Quit Playing Games with My Heart" with that rain scene?!?!?! a;sdlkfjal;sjkfsalfkj... That baby blue eyes has forever stayed with me. Oh dear Lord. Then of course, my BFF Melissa & I will always have a "Get Down" moment in her house with her brother. Then boom, "I want it that way" came out in 1999 (I think) and it made me miss America because of that LAX scene. I cried thru my first break-up with "10,000 Promises" & "Show me the meaning of being Lonely"... Tried to do the chair scene of "As Long As You Love Me" and dreamt that the song will be in my wedding one day (lol)... up to singing my heart out to "Incomplete" and "Shape of My Heart" and "The One" in the car with ROB! Yes he is my BSB partner in crime.

    Even my mum loves BSB. Hehehe...

    BSB FOREVER. Seriously we NEEEEEED to plan a BSB cruise.

  6. I've been wanting to attend one of these concerts for the longest but they never came even remotely close to where I am the last time I checked. Major booooo! Looks like you had a really good time. I love BSB more than NSYNC as well!

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