Falls Church Farmers Market- North Gate Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: North Gate Vineyard @ Falls Church Farmers Market

The Falls Church Farmers Market has been around since the 1980s. While it’s no where near as grand as, say, Eastern Market, it is a dense farmers market for such a small area. During peak months, more than 50 vendors will be there. Some of them have been there since the market started. Talk about loyalty!…

GW Graduation

Why It’s Good to Take a Break (from Drinking)

This past weekend, Mr. Dr. Grape Pairings graduated from the George Washington University with his doctorate in Philosophy. Seven and a half years of hard work later, the hubby has a PhD, is fluent in German, researched for a year abroad, and wrote/defended a 275+ page dissertation. He spent countless hours and stress into this degree, and…

Greenhill Winery

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Greenhill Winery and Vineyards

Another weekend, another winery! Today’s adventure takes us to Greenhill Vineyards near Middleburg, VA. I was dying to try Greenhill due to the fact that they won numerous awards, both at the Virginia Governor’s Cup AND at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Not many Virginia wineries compete in California wine competitions. If a Virginia wine can compete and win silver,…

Educated Guess, Avery Quinn

Educated Guess Cabernet Sauvignon vs. Avery Quinn Zinfandel

Two wines. One meal. One epic battle. Who will win?   In this corner, we have Avery Quinn Zinfandel from North Coast, California. An affordable Zin, costing only about $10. Dried cranberries, dried cherry, and dried raspberry fill the nose, making the wine appear to be sweet and fruity. However, the palate has an oaky flavor, consisting…

Breaux Vineyards Tasting House

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Breaux Vineyards

*Reader, be prepared for a long post. This is not meant to quickly read during your lunch break. Get a glass of wine, change into your sweatpants, sit on the couch with your feet on the coffee table, and relax!* Boy, what a day! Mr. Grape Pairings and I just spent a wonderful morning and afternoon birding,…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Granite Heights Winery

Are you looking for a relaxing winery to get away from the craziness that is DC/DC suburbs for a few hours? Granite Heights Winery may be the perfect solution for you. Located in the mountains about an hour away from DC, Granite Heights (GH) is a serene and calm environment. It felt like another world from…

What I bought at the DC Chocolate Festival

2017 DC Chocolate Festival Recap

Every year, some of the best chocolatiers in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia), as well as a few other states and countries, come together for DC’s Chocolate Festival. The event is located at the gorgeous Marriott Wardman Park, and is sponsored by The Chocolate House. The Chocolate House, which is in Dupont Circle, is home…