Exploring Virginia Wines: Williamsburg Winery

Spring break is a gift from the heavens. The skies open up, the sun beams down among the people, and the gods grant teachers their one, true wish…a week off. Teachers have been counting down the days to spring break since the winter break, and the eagerness and excitement that they feel before that Friday dismissal bell rings…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: The Barns at Hamilton Station (+ a Birding Field Trip!)

Mr. Grape Pairings and I have an interesting relationship. We are like minded people, family oriented, and we are both supportive of one another. However, what makes us interesting, I think, are our hobbies, in that we don’t share any. He enjoys model ship building, I enjoy Netflix binging. He enjoys the sport of Cricket, I…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part Two

Previously, on Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One And now, the second time we went to Early Mountain Vineyards… Like I said, Early Mountain Vineyards is conveniently located on the way to and from Washington, D.C, so of course, we had to stop on our way back home for the full tasting. This…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Early Mountain Vineyards Part One

Over President’s Day Weekend, my friend, Laura Beth, and I went to Charlottesville to go vineyard hopping. Every so often, we need a break from city life to go out in the country and try the many wonderful wines that Virginia has to offer. We usually go to places around Leesburg, so it was nice…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: King Family Vineyards

It couldn’t have been a better day at King Family Vineyards in Crozet,VA if we had planned it. It was February, 70 degrees, and perfectly sunny with white, puffy clouds. We’re talking puffy like the kind of clouds you drew in 1st or 2nd grade when you drew and landscapes. Pixar could have used these…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Barboursville Vineyards and the Octagon Tasting

Visiting Barboursville Vineyards will always be a memorable experience for me because it was my first vertical tasting. If you are ever lucky enough to experience a vertical tasting of wine, I highly suggest doing it. For those of you who do not know (and I was one of you until about 2 weeks ago),…

Restaurant Pairing 101 @ The Downtown Grille in Charlottesville

Over President’s Day weekend, Laura Beth and I went to Charlottesville to visit wineries, UVA, and Monticello. It was quite a wonderful weekend, with temperatures I the 60s and perfectly sunny. You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend, especially in February! One night, we wanted to have a fancy schmancy dinner, and we decided…

Experiencing Virginia Wines: Stinson Vineyards

My friend, Laura Beth, and I went to Stinson Vineyards on one of the most perfect, spring-like, February Saturdays. The weather must have been almost 70º, the sun was shining, and I had Monday off for a holiday. Visiting Stinson Vineyards was an added bonus to an already wonderful weekend! After visiting UVA in the…

Restaurant Pairing 101 @ 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church

Pairing a wine with what you are cooking (or visa versa) while you are at home is one thing. You plan for specific meals with specific ingredients and can research into what wines you’d like to pair (again, or visa versa). To me, cooking at home is easier because you are in control. Pairing wine and…

Italian Pulled Pork Ragu & Pearmund Cellar’s Black Ops Red

    This past summer, I visited Pearmund Cellars in Broad Run, Virginia with a friend. Without a doubt, it is one of the best Virginia wineries that I have been to. I don’t usually blog reviews about Virginia wineries because my blog is primarily about pairings, but I wish I had on Pearmund. Not…