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…

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!…

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…

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…