Virginia Wine

Monday, June 06, 2011

The sisters + the mother + lil’ sister’s bf + a family friend + D + I went on a quest.  A quest to taste the wines of the Vintage Virginia wine festival. 

Rough task but someone has to do it. 

Vintage Virginia is a wine festival held every year at Bull Run Park in Centreville – about 40 wineries represented this past weekend.  (That is about a third of all of the VA wineries.)
Okay, so no, I’m not as hardcore as I sound; there is no way that I tasted them all.  And there is no way I wanted to taste them all.  I find that there are a few VA wines that have much to be desired, leaving me to politely pass on further samples from certain establishments!  (Care for some acid mixed with sugar? I didn’t think so.) 

Good wine ruins the purse; bad wine ruins the stomach.
 –Spanish saying

But, once you covertly dumped the bad ones out of your glass and went onto the next tent, there were some quite tasty Virginia wines to be discovered!

The hardest part of the day was that we couldn’t buy any.  Since our apartment is being packed up in less than two months we kind of need to concentrate on drinking the wine supply we currently have, instead of adding to it! 

Do you know how hard it is to NOT buy any wine at a wine festival? 

It is so hard that I didn’t end up doing it – I talked D into two bottles.  I told him they would be needed to relax once our apartment is boxed up. 

*Note to self... keep out wine opener.
*Another note to self...  Wine + Sun + 11am = Zapped. Refrain from combining these three - however, exceptions granted for next year's Vintage VA festival. 

Maybe next year I'll be able to bring home a larger goodie bag.  One can only hope.  

Some wines that will be in next years goodie bag:

AmRhein’sMélange (Syrah + Cab Sauv blend), Veranda (Cab Sauv, Syrah + Petit Verdot blend), Traminette + Sapphire (Vidal Blanc + Viognier)  
Well, I pretty much love all of the wines from here.  So maybe I’m a bit biased, considering this winery is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from my parent’s house and I manage to visit it just about every time I am home.  But in all seriousness, AmRhein does make some nice VA wines that are worth checking out. Including the Best. Patio. Wines. Ever.  

James River –  Rad Red (red blend) + Chambourcin (love it room temp. + cold as a patio wine!)

Breaux VineyardsLafayette (Cabernet Franc) + Viognier.    

And, while I’m at it… other VA wineries that were not at the festival that I enjoy…   Pearmund and Rappahannock.  
Are there any other that I should investigate?
And I wanted to end with a shout out to my youngest darling sister.  Thank you for being the DD while all of us took part in the festivities.  And remember, you can retire your DD hat very very very soon – yeah for 21st birthdays!


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