Casanel Vineyards José Rosé

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Casanel Vineyards and Winery

This weekend’s birding/winery adventure brings us to Shenandoah University’s River Campus and Casanel Vineyards. These two venues are about an hour away, going to the end of the Dulles Toll Road and venturing further down route 7. You drive through small Virginia towns and beautiful hillsides. It’s a hike to drive all the way over…

Chirashi Bowl and Sake at Tachibana

Restaurant 101: Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant

Whenever Mr. Grape Pairings and I want to celebrate and go out for a meal, we tend to go for sushi. We go all out with our orders, choosing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Mr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Mr.…

Zephaniah Farm Vineyards Farmhouse

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Zephaniah Farm Vineyards

Way back in October, my mother (aka “Mutti”) came to visit and we went to the Epicurience Wine Festival. We tried many wines from many Virginia wineries. To be honest, I probably tried too much wine 😉 But there was one winery that stuck out to my Mutti, and that was Zephaniah Farm Vineyards. At that…

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,…

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…