Following our visit to New Kent Winery, we went down the street for a quick, easy drive to Saudé Creek Vineyards. Pulling up to this winery, we were surrounded by woods, making the tasting room feel like a hidden gem. Saudé Creek Vineyards was another beauty, and I am so glad we decided to visit on our way home!
The name Saudé Creek comes from a creek in Alabama, and now belongs not only to the winery, but to their pet cat who roams the tasting room. The tasting room is relatively new and offered a cozy fireplace for sipping indoors on cold, blustery days. Some of the grapes for their wines are grown on property; Others are purchased from the Shenandoah Valley for their wines. The Saudé Creek tasting room sits atop a hill, offering beautiful views of the rolling valleys around the venue. There is no bad spot to sit on their wrap-around porch. Dogs are welcome on the lower patio outside of the tasting room, or in the surrounding lawn. Now, onto the tasting…
Tastings at Saudé Creek Vineyards are only $7 and included a sampling of eight wines on the day we visited, the wine glass for keeps, and a couple of the wines were paired with a food for the sample. Our tasting included their: Pamunkey Fall, Vidal Blanc, Riesling, Tavern White, Merlot, Saudé Creek Red, Sweet Rebellion, and the Tavern Red. My favorites included:
- Riesling – though the grapes for this wine are not grown in Virginia, they are from Oregon. This wine offered a refreshing take on the Riesling, with a taste of lychee. It was a nice, sweet wine for Spring.
- Saudé Creek Red – one of my favorites, this wine was a peppery blend that would pair well with barbecue or pasta. We sampled this wine with their Scottish Pig they had available that day –an excellent pairing.
- Sweet Rebellion – this wine was a delicacy, staring the Chambourcin grape. We sampled it paired with chocolate, a sinful pairing. This wine was sweet with a slight cherry sour – fun for dessert or an evening by the fire.
- Tavern Red – I agree with their “Christmas in a Bottle” statement on this wine, that is the first thing I thought of when I sampled this red. The wine smelled strongly of cinnamon and carried this spiced taste through. This wine could be served at room temperature or warmed (we sampled both ways). I personally preferred it at room temperature, but the idea of warming it in a crockpot with water would be nice on a chilly day.
In addition to the wines above, we purchased a bottle of the Saudé Creek White, which was not a part of the tasting. We chilled this white and had it just the other night. There was a hint of cinnamon, offering a different style of white for the pallet. We enjoyed sipping on this wine, and could see pairing it with steamed clams, scallops, or similar strong seafood.
Overall, we had a very nice experience at Saudé Creek Vineyards. The tasting was very enjoyable, and the views surrounding the winery were beautiful. We would love to return to Saudé Creek with the dogs this summer for a picnic and glass.