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.


Jan 2014 19

I have lived in the state of Virginia for my entire life. I was born and raised in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, attended college in Norfolk where I continued to live for another several years, and then moved back up to Northern Virginia where I reside today. Yet, I had never been to the “Northern Neck.”


So, I decided that in 2014 I was going to get out to some areas of the state that I have never been, to experience the wine and history. Last weekend was my first trip. I traveled south to the Northern Neck where I visited many wonderful wineries on the Chesapeake Wine Trail.


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.

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.


Jun 2013 04

The last time I visited Lost Creek Vineyard in Leesburg was during that awful “snowmaggedon.” It was February 2010 and we were already buried for days in feet upon feet of snow and we just about had it with cabin fever, so we hopped in the car and ventured out to Leesburg to see which wineries were open.

Surprisingly, we found Hiddenbrook and Lost Creek open, and busy! (I guess everyone had enough of being stuck indoors). To be honest, the wine was forgettable but the experience was one for the books.  It was a fun day venturing out in the snow but I never returned to Lost Creek, until now.  Now, it’s three years later and I am re-introduced to The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek. They have new owners, a new winemaker and some exciting changes in the works.


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