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I purchased a Living Social deal a few months ago to Capitol Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia (Loudoun County) and finally got a free Saturday to try this new place out. The offer included a food pairing with the tasting, so I was intrigued to see what this was all about. So, Sean and I jumped in the car on this cloudy yet hazy Saturday morning, and hit route 66 to get on our way.

Tucked away off of a long, windy road that parallels I-66, we made our approach to a little dilapidated white house with a vinyl sign swinging in the wind. There it was, Capitol Vineyards. What a nice fact to learn that the tasting room was once home to the first African-American owned Postmaster General in Virginia. I absolutely love old historic homes – especially when they are rustic and squeaky. You can almost feel and hear the history surrounding you. They just opened their doors in April 2011, so there’s certainly a lot of work to do but I have to say, they don’t have to work much harder in the wine department. Each of their five wines were paired with a food sample, starting with a light and refreshing Traminette – perfect for sipping on a warm and sunny day. It was paired with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese that was also quite delicious. We worked our way down the list, tasting several red wines all with distinct tones, including their Cabernet Sauvignon which I purchased a bottle to take home.

I see bright things in the future for this small and quaint winery. The owners are young, energetic, and very knowledgeable. They are starting to grow their own grapes and have a lot of land to spread out on, so I look forward to heading back there in the coming years and enjoying their vintages and the many additions they plan to add on to the winery, like a restaurant and B&B.

The Dish

Location: 3600 Sage Road ~ Delaplane, Va Tasting Fee: $15 tasting with food pairing Keep the glass: No

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