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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.

Sunday, August 6th I joined a group of fellow Virginia wine bloggers at the newly opened Barns at Hamilton Station. My friends at Wine About Virginia set it all up. It was just their second day open to the public and they were already very busy. Upon our arrival, the very gracious owners took us down to the basement where we tried all seven of their wines. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every single one.

Whites are not usually my favorite, but my palate was very pleased by their 2011 Chardonnay. It is a classic barrel fermented wine but not oaky or buttery tasting at all. It is very crisp and full bodied – something I could drink a lot of on a warm summer day.

The Rose’ was very popular among the bloggers, I think almost everyone left with a bottle of this little delightfully dry wine boasting fruity flavors.

Cab Franc is typically my favorite and they did not let me down. It is a very light wine with fruity flavors perfect for summer or winter, and complimenting to almost any dish. The other wine on their list that earned my little smiley face was the 2011 Petit Verdot – a dry wine with dark fruit flavors and spicy tones as well.

The tasting fee is $5 for all 7, but for $8 you get to keep the glass. You don’t find too many $5 tastings anymore, so this is a nice added bonus.

If you should plan to visit this winery, definitely see if you can get a tour especially if you are a big history person such as me. I can’t wait to return and see the progress that they make with some of the old rustic barns and buildings on the property. I came home with two bottles, so hopefully that will get me by until the next time!

The Dish

Location: 16804 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, VA 20158

Website: Tasting Fee: $5 tasting ; $8 keep the glass Keep the glass: Yes

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