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! There are fruit and vegetable vendors, bread vendors, mini doughnut trucks, fish vendors, homemade dog biscuits, coffee roasters, crepe stands, sausage vendors, pickled vegetable vendors, breakfast enchiladas, and so much more!
I’ll admit, I don’t get to the Falls Church Farmer’s Market very often. I’d say I get there maybe 4-5 times a year. Most often, I take visitors because feasting on samples in the middle of a gorgeous little town is a fun thing to do. Most recently, I took my mother. She loved both the people watching and the variety of vendors/trucks at the market. Since the last time I had been there (probably a year ago…), the number of vendors had tripled.
One vendor that I don’t remember being there was from North Gate Vineyards. Apparently, they have been there for a while, which goes to show how long ago I had been there. North Gate is a Virginia winery that I visited probably 6 or 7 years ago…way before I knew anything about wine. I remember enjoying the wines, but not necessarily why. North Gate is way out in Purcellville (45 minutes-an hour or so drive), so I was both surprised and excited to see them and try them again! Chuck was the man from the vineyard doing the tasting, and his enthusiasm about the wine was very apparent. This was a man who had a passion for his work! He informed us on the tasting, and gave us some history of each grape in Virginia.
Chuck was tasting 9 wines on this particular Saturday; 3 whites, 5 reds, and 1 sweet (though I didn’t try the sweet wine). I wasn’t prepared for a wine tasting, so I didn’t take any notes. The tasting was free (since it was more of a sample size than a wine tasting size), and Chuck is there every Saturday. The wines he tasted this week were:
- Rkatsiteli (white wine originally from the Republic of Georgia)
- Cabernet Franc
- Petit Verdot
- Apple Wine
All of the wines were quite good. I don’t think that there was one that I didn’t like! The whites were crisp and the reds had some bite to them, just how I like my wine. My mom and I ended up buying the Chambourcin. Chambourcin is a grape that I don’t see often in Virginia. It is a hybrid grape primarily grown in France, but also in some states of the eastern US. This Chambourcin had a slight amount (maybe 1%?) of residual sugar. We were having tacos that night with some spicy spices, and we both thought that this wine would be delicious served chilled along with the spiciness of the tacos. Sadly, I didn’t take any pictures of the pairing, but it worked well! If you are looking for your next wine to pair with your Taco Tuesday, a chilled Chambourcin from North Gate Vineyards should be it! After this tasting, I concluded that I definitely need to make the trip out to Purcellville to visit North Gate Vineyards!