Virginia Wine Weekend

A couple of weeks ago, Domingos and I headed down to the Charlottesville wine region to visit some of our favorite Virginia wineries. Our first stop was Pippin Hill, which has become hugely popular since we were last there. It’s in a gorgeous location, very photogenic, but I wasn’t as enamored of the wines as I was on our first visit a few years ago. They were good but not great. The views, though, were still superb.

On Saturday, our first visit was to Veritas, one of our longtime favorites. It did not disappoint, with strong offerings across the board from white to red.

We also had delicious sandwiches for lunch there.

We ventured further afield to Barren Ridge in Fishersville, which was less busy but quite good. Then we stopped by King Family, which was absolutely packed as usual on the weekends.

Scenic overlook along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Our last winery of the day was another longtime favorite – Barboursville. They’ve changed their set-up; now they have a separate room for the more expensive library tastings. We decided to spring for that to enjoy the peace and quiet rather than the mob scene in the regular tasting room. We ordered 2 tastings – a vertical tasting of their Octagon wine, and a tasting of our choice of library wines. Both were fantastic across the board, and it was fascinating tasting the different Octagon vintages.

On Sunday, we visited Gabriele Rausse, which was tiny, charming, and had fantastic wines. They also offer a food pairing with your tasting, and when I saw the menu and the food being cooked I was really sorry we had just eaten. If you visit, look for this sign along the road to know where to turn in:

 

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