I have been MIA for too long on the blog… we got married, and that took up a lot of time April/May! Of course, we had to have Virginia wine for our wedding guests – in particular a wine from our home in the Northern Neck. Our wine of choice? Ingleside Vineyard’s Blue Crab Red and White! We had guests coming up to us during our wedding not to say “congratulations” but to ask where the wine was from. It was a hit! Both of these wines offer something for a variety of pallets… they are semi-sweet, well-balanced blends. Both are very drinkable wines. The white is a tropical fruity (and was my choice for the night) and the red is smooth with a hint of berry fruit. And in true Virginia wine-loving style, the rehearsal dinner needed a wine pairing too… we kept the theme “Ingleside” and served a Petit Manseng.
Following our wedding, we realized how far behind we were on getting our home and gardens together (planting vegetables, working on the chicken coop, painting walls…) As life falls back to “normal,” it’s time I re-dedicate myself to the blog!
Despite my lack of blog posts, we have had some fun adventures in Virginia Wine country I can’t wait to share with you. In particular, we’ve been spending quality time with the dubbed “Founding Father of American Wine” himself: Thomas Jefferson. (Though it’s believed he was not successful in his attempts to grow grapes and bottle a wine, despite his explorations, money, and attempts!) Like Jefferson, I feel “wines a necessary of life with me.” *
So what can you expect to read about in these next few posts?
- Charlottesville is definitely the best place for you and your ladies to celebrate a bachelorette party (I mean come on, we drank wine in a yurt, explored history, and took in beautiful views!)
- Planning a bridal shower or another celebration? Try something different and fun, like your local brewery!
- Haven’t been to Monticello recently? Let me tell you more about what to expect! (And in the meantime, I recommend reading Laura Kamoie and Stephanie Dray’s book, America’s First Daughter)
- Looking to try a new Virginia wine, but don’t have the time to drive to a new winery? Check out your local Virginia ABC shop!
- Ready to get your wine tasting on? Here are some of the wineries we’ve recently visited with reviews on each coming soon:
- Barboursville Vineyards (Bonus: historic ruins! History + Wine = Life Complete)
- Horton Vineyards
- Jefferson Vineyards
- Keswick Vineyards
- Sassafras Shade Vineyard
- Castle Hill Cider (Ok, this is a cidery… but one you must add to your tasting experiences!)
Stay tuned for more posts coming soon. Until then, have fun exploring new Virginia wines this summer. (And as always, drink responsibly, PLEASE!)
*“The Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 1. General Correspondence, 1651-1827” Library of Congress