The Saturday before Christmas, we were looking to try something new. We decided to
drive over to Kilmarnock and check out Good Luck Cellars along the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. (We are working our way through the trail!)
Their winery has grown from a couple’s hobby. Today, the Virginia Governor’s Cup award-winning wines are made from their estate grown grapes in the Northern Neck. The venue is beautiful with a warm tasting room, large event space (great for weddings), and a wrap-around porch (perfect for summer sipping). The porch is dog-friendly, so you know we’ll be visiting next time with our furry family members. On Fridays, they have “Wine Down Fridays” where you can enjoy your picnic on the porch paired with some music and good conversation.
We found ourselves leaning towards the fruity wines from Good Luck Cellars during our tasting. We ended up purchasing three bottles (and drinking them within a couple of days… guess we really liked them!)
- 2013 Vidal Blanc – I have found myself purchasing more Vidal Blancs lately. This one was clean and crisp, aged in steel. We paired with an herbed goat cheese and had a nice relaxing evening.
- Rip Rap Rose – Roses. This was a rose true to its name! I got the floral scent and taste – this would be a very refreshing spring or summer sipping wine by the pool.
- Four Blonds – The name is creative for this blend of four whites. Sweet (but not too sweet), fruity, and fun… I can see this being a group favorite for our book club.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit to Good Luck Cellars. We were in and out with tasting and
exploration in 30 minutes with no wait for the tasting. The staff members were so kind and welcoming. I loved that they encouraged us to wander around and explore the venue. We took a peek at their production and barrel room and wandered to the venue hall (where the wine maker was playing the piano – great ambiance). The gift shop was small but perfect for the venue and had some cute Northern Neck memorabilia (we are going to go back for the crab-painted wine glasses). The décor matched the venue (we are still admiring their shamrock picture of their logo laid out with real, dried clovers). I am looking forward to our return trip on a warmer day when we can enjoy the porch. For now, I will settle with a seat by the fire place with a glass of the Four Blonds.