Jul 2010 21

This past weekend was so busy that I didn’t have much time for my wine adventure, but with a few hours to spare on Sunday afternoon, I decided to take a quick 20 minute ride to Loudoun County to visit a winery that I have always seen the signs for, but never visited.

What I discovered at Village Winery and Vineyard was just the most charming and rustic winery I have seen to date. It is actually a pretty large winery in the small, historic town of Waterford, Virginia. I was surprised to see and learn that they have ten acres of vineyards right outside of the Waterford village (a National Historic Landmark). The tasting room was in a small country barn with plenty of seating, and outside there was room for picnics and lounging.

The customer service was excellent and the owner was so very pleasant. Upon walking in they offer you a small plate of locally produced cheese to snack on before starting the tasting. He talked us through every wine and gave us a good lesson on Elderberries! If you are a sweet wine drinker, you will really enjoy the Apple and Elderberry Wines.

The visit to Village Winery and historic Waterford was a pure treat. Experiencing the history and rural atmosphere (only 20 minutes from the city), and their hospitality was a nice trip back to a simpler time.

Don’t leave without it!

I can’t believe I am even saying this – but what I suggest you don’t leave without is actually their non-alcoholic drink. Their Sparkling Elderberry is a refreshing and fun drink for all ages, and just perfect for any type of event where a celebration drink is needed.

The Dish
Location: 40405 Browns Lane, Waterford, Virginia
Tasting Fee: $5.00 is “suggested” (you have to love that!)

Keep the glass: No (Not necessary since the tasting is whatever cost you want it to be!).

Village Winery & Vineyard

Aug 2012 08

I can never get enough of visiting Loudoun County wineries that boast a lot of rich history. My family’s roots are deep in Loudoun County, especially Leesburg and surrounding areas. So, when I hear stories such as the one told to a group of wine bloggers touring The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards recently, I literally get goose bumps. The land and atmosphere brought back fond childhood memories of running around the many acres of land that my family owned not too far from there. And, the wine – well that also brought a smile to my face.

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Aug 2013 05

st1Throughout my wine adventures, I write a lot about the overall experience of tasting wine and visiting the many Virginia vineyards.

My love of wine is not just about drinking wine. It is about the people I am enjoying it with, the conversations being had over it, the bonds being formed as a result of it. It’s also about the educational aspect, and of course the senses discovering various new tastes, aromas, and flavors.

So, when I visited the new Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg recently, I was pleased to learn about how important that overall experience is to them as well. And, it certainly shows through in every aspect of their operations from the crafting of the wine to the customer service and the facilities.

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Nov 2013 18

This past weekend a group of Virginia wine loving ladies, who mostly communicate via Twitter, Facebook and Blogs, got social in-person for networking, idea sharing, bread breaking, and winery hopping.  Activities were held on Saturday and Sunday, and I joined the group on Sunday.

We met for brunch at The Wine Kitchen Hearth in Purcellville, VA.  I’ve only read about this place and was very excited to try it.  But, I was even more excited about finally meeting a few women who I have only talked to online.  The ladies included Lori from Corcoran Vineyards & Brewing Co. (@corkysfarm), Tina from PROTOCOL Wine Studio (@PROTOCOLWine), Terri (@NKKWineDiva) who works at General’s Ridge Winery, and Kathy (@Virginia_Made) who works at Barrel Oak Winery and who I know well from the Virginia Wine Mafia!

Brunwineflightch was delicious and we had great conversations about food, wine, and everything in between.  The Wine Kitchen has awesome wine flight selections featuring wine from just about every region of the world. I had the Hills of Italy which featured one white Italian wine: Basalti Soave (Gargenega), and two reds: Crivelli Barbera D’Asti (Barbera) and Il Cortile Chianti, Castello di Poppiano (Sangiovese).  All were equally delightful but my favorite was the Chianti blend.
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Apr 2014 09

The first weekend of April 2014 was the one of the first relatively nice weekends in a long time. No snow, no rain, not a cloud in the sky (although pretty windy and a little cold). So, of course I wanted to spend it on the wine trail. I had planned with my sister to take care of some wine pick-ups and hit a few of my standards, but on Friday afternoon I received an alert that a new winery was opening up on Saturday in Taylorstown, Virginia.  Creek’s Edge had announced a “soft opening” and so my plans quickly changed.cedge

My sister and I arrived there promptly at 12:30PM, and had the honor of being their very first customers (we should get a picture on the wall for that, right?).  We were greeted by the owner Tedd and his young daughter as we sat at the immaculately built bar made of walnut from trees grown on that very same property.  The vineyard is situated along the Catoctin Creek and between that property and another close by, they have more than 70 acres of grapes planted.

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Jul 2014 25

868.2Every month 868 Estate Vineyards hosts “The Vine”, a women’s only wine pairing event, usually held the second to last Thursday of the month. I finally had a free calendar this month so I decided to join my friends and check it out. And, lucky me they were featuring wine and food from South America – one of my favorite areas for wine.  It was an absolutely beautiful day, and not too hot, so I decided to stop by a winery or two in the late afternoon before arriving for the 7pm pairing event.

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Feb 2015 05
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Sisters on a Wine Mission

This past weekend my sister and I decided to take a little drive out West to Delaplane, Virginia in Fauquier County.  I really love this region of the state because I can almost feel the history in the air – down the curvy roads, up the mountain peaks, and inside the corner stores and old rustic buildings.  So, I was happy to make my way back.  The original purpose of the trip was for a private tour and tasting of the new RdV Vineyards, which we did partake in, but the best part of the trip were our visits to Delaplane Cellars and Three Fox Vineyards.

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Dec 2016 07

Greetings everyone, and happy holidays! christmas-wine

I absolutely love the holidays. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate faith, family, and friends while being surrounded by the joy and decor of the season. Each year at Christmas, I make it a theme among my friends and family to celebrate small and local businesses through our gift-giving. And, what better way to support small than to buy from local vineyards?  So, this year I thought I would extend that theme to you all with my suggestions for my Top Five Virginia Wine Gifts to Give this Holiday Season.
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Jan 2017 22

Today, for my first “Sip with me Sunday“, I visited the brand new winereserveWine Reserve at Waterford – tasting room and vineyard in Loudoun County. This was actually their opening weekend, so it really worked out perfectly. Upon entry, we were greeting with a glass of sparkling wine (Virginia) and immediately escorted to the bar for our tasting. They currently offer two tasting options: Commonwealth Uncorked and Virginia & Beyond. Both options include their two wines, a Chardonnay and a Meritage.

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Feb 2017 14

It was a great Sunday on the Virginia wine trail this week as I got out to visit a good friend at Quattro Goombas winery and brewery1 to talk business and enjoy doing my favorite thing – sipping and sampling wine.  It was a cold and dreary day, but I was more than warm inside with my wine, old friends and a few new ones I met along the way.

Quattro Goombas, which stands for “four friends,” is a sprawling winery and brewery located in Aldie, Virginia. They’ve been known for featuring wines from across the country and globe, but now they have a few wines produced on their own. While they still don’t grow any grapes, they do source them from Virginia and beyond. And, they are good!

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