In keeping with our recent commitment to venture outside of our Loudoun County comfort zone, Andrew and I hit up another place on our "to do" list on the I-95 corridor. Even though the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area isn't too far from us, the wineries out there aren't close enough together to make it a convenient trip. But that's no excuse to miss out on great places, and Mattaponi marks another on the list.
Even though the holidays are long gone and we are now in the big gray "bucket of suck" we call winter, I wanted to extend my deepest thanks to Doukenie Winery, The Barns at Hamilton Station, and Bloomery Plantation Distillery for donating their libations to my agency's Combined Federal Campaign gift basket for charity.
I remember the whole time I was planning for our wedding, I couldn't wait until things returned to normal. It seemed like there were a million things to do every day. Little did I know that the aftermath has its own ginormous to-do list. Thank goodness for Craiglist and Freecycle, because wedding decorations would still be clogging our formal living room (a room which a few of our friends said would never serve a purpose.) And then those little things called the holidays happened.
We here at WineCruisers.com just finished up our first vineyard vignette on The Barns at Hamilton Station. We are very excited about the opportunity to do this project with The Barns. Please watch and enjoy!
In spite of our best efforts to prepare for wine tasting trips, sometimes we will have some real "Duh!" moments. Like when four of us thought we could walk into Berry Hill Vineyard without an appointment! Thank goodness the owner, David Hilty was about and graciously let us in. We first heard about Berry Hill after going to a gathering with our friends Kurt and Carol at Wine About Virginia. Andrew just couldn't get enough of their Cab Franc, and we decided to go to its origin in Flint Hill, Virginia to give it a try. This was, of course, after a delicious lunch at Flint Hill Public House. If you haven't been there, check it out!
Before I delve too deeply into our summer trips, I can't forget the places we ventured to when the weather was a bit more chilly. In line with my route 66 kick, we decided to give Capitol Vineyards a try. This was a new place that we went to once that was closed on a random day. After we met one of the owners we found out why—it is a new place with a very small staff.
Wow, say that title four times fast! After stopping by Glen Manor on July 4th weekend, we also decided to give Fox Meadow another try. You may remember them from our Redemption Corner, when we waited and waited and got no service. We seemed to have caught them at a better time, thought, since we were promptly greeted and treated to a tasting and food pairing that was their special for the holiday weekend.