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Kansas City MB Club Drive

The Kansas City MB Club hosted a drive on the 1st of June. The original plan was to visit Cedar Cove Feline Sanctuary & Education Center at Louisburg KS. After a pre-trip recce, it was decided to reschedule this trip for a later date, so a drive to the Somerset Ridge Winery at Paola, Kansas was substituted. This was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Saturday and my Lady and I had a very pleasant day.

The club met at 1030 at Mercedes Benz of Kansas City. Approximately 16 cars arrived to participate, of which SLs appeared to be the most numerous in the pack. One other SLK joined the drive, a silver R171 350. I had previously met the owner and he was aware of this forum, but he wasn’t one to spend much time on the internet.

After pictures and directions, we set off at ~1100 for a 45 minute drive using back roads to the vineyard. Clear sunny day, temperatures in the mid 70sF, good tunes on the radio made for a fun drive. Upon arrival, we were met by the owners and proceeded to the wine tasting.

Being raised as an oenophilist (my German father maintained a very nice cellar and wine was always on the table for meals), many of the local wineries were disappointing. Too sweet, overuse of sulfites, excessive tartrate crystals and sediment, and usually not a good taste/favor (especially sharp/bitter aftertastes). Somerset was a surprise. Their whites were stronger/better than their reds (I prefer reds, but like a nice white deck wine), but both were decent. Their blush (rosé) was very nice and my Lady and I had a bottle with our cheese plate. The winery had a food truck on site for those that wish to partake in something a little more substantial. My Lady spotted a tree frog that decided to join the activities.

About 1530 the group began to break up, with members leaving when they wished. There was a threat of rain developing, and my Lady was concerned and mentioned that maybe we should raise the hood. I explained to her that as long as it wasn’t a downpour, driving 70 mph would allow us to drive between the rain drops. The windscreen wipers did run during some of the drive home (La Bęte has the rain sensors), but after about 20 minutes we broke through to clear skies and had an enjoyable ride home.
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A few more pictures from the event. We took many pictures, but some just didn't work out (the two of my lady's legs were great but accidental ).

My Lady and I enjoying the camaraderie of fellow MB drivers and wine drinkers.

A surprisingly excellent combination.

Don't let the number of empty wine bottles lead you to any unfounded conclusions.
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