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This past 4th of July weekend I decided avoid the traffic, crowds, and the stresses of traveling by staying

close to home. So, when trying to decide on which new winery to visit during my holiday weekend, luckily I didn’t have to look too far. Because, there is a beautiful one right in my own backyard.

Paradise Springs Winery has been on my list since earlier this year when it officially opened to the public. It is located slightly beyond the historic town of Clifton, Virginia which is just a short 15 minute or so drive from where I live. To be very honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this winery. In my mind I was wondering how the wine could possibly be good considering the vineyard’s suburban location.

What a great surprise.

The vineyard itself was so very quaint and rustic. The tasting room is located in a historic cabin that was charming and inviting. They also have a barn that is used for overflow tasting and special events. Because the main cabin tasting room is quite small, indoor seating is limited, however if it is a nice day outside there is ample seating and lawn area to relax on while sipping your selections.

Out of the eight wines on the tasting menu, I was very pleased with all of them. My favorites, by far are their selection of whites. They have a Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc. All are all so light, crisp and just perfect for the beautiful summer day that we had at this winery.

If you are a red wine drinker, I think you will also be pleased with their dry rose and the 2008 Norton.

Don’t leave without it!

2008 Vidal Blanc was my favorite of the day! This is an off-dry white wine with hints of tropical fruit on the finish. It is recommended to be paired with spicy foods such as Thai and curry dishes. I enjoyed a glass while at the winery and I thought it was just perfect for afternoon sipping on the deck with our without any food.

The Dish:
Location: 13219 Yates Ford Road – Clifton, VA How much: Tasting Fee: $7.00 Keep the glass: Yes Paradise Springs Winery
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