Happy new year! Did you ring in 2017 with a glass of Virginia wine? We made a midnight toast with the Virginia Brut sparkling wine from Ingleside Vineyards. (Part of the recent quarterly wine club pick-up!)
As you saw in my previous post, “My Virginia Favorites of 2016,” we had a fun year of winery explorations and tasting new wines. Looking ahead in the new year, we already have one trip planned I am incredibly excited about and just had to share. My friends are the best. For my bachelorette weekend, naturally, they have planned a wine and history trip to Charlottesville! We will be staying in a yurt for two nights, with a history tour, hike, and trips to Virginia wineries and a cidery in the planning. The current tasting stops on our itinerary:
- Barboursville Vineyards – combining both my love for history and wine in one stop! I may be most excited to see Jefferson’s ruins on property. While I don’t live close to Barboursville for picking up their wine to bring home, I love that our local ABC sells a variety of their wines.
- Horton Vineyards – this was a must-stop for our trip. The fruit wines from Horton are some of my favorites. The Sweet Concord, especially, is delicious – like grape juice. I always enjoy my tastings at wine festivals from Horton.
- Keswick Vineyards – the views here! This winery has a beautiful setting I can’t wait to take in. And they are well-known for their awards in various competitions, including the Virginia Governor’s Cup. (Their 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve won Gold this past year.)
- Castle Hill Cider – another venue with gorgeous views, and another one of my favorite things to sample from Virginia – cider! I am particularly excited to try their Levity cider, made in clay amphorae. The Serendipity sweeter cider sounds like it will be right up my alley as another cider I’ll very much enjoy.
Do you have a favorite from one of these wineries or cidery we need to be sure to try? How about a favorite excursion or restaurant we should look into?
2017 is already looking to be an exciting year! I can’t wait to continue exploring the amazing things Virginia has to offer. Cheers to good health and a happy new year to everyone!