Effingham Manor Winery

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Effingham Manor & Winery

Finally! After at least a year of waiting, Effingham Manor & Vineyards has opened! If you live in Virginia, you may have heard of Pearmund Cellars. Effingham is the sister winery to Pearmund, both of which are owned by Chris Pearmund. Chris is legendary in Virginia wine, and when Laura Beth and I found out that…

Chrysalis Vineyards

Exploring Virginia Wineries: Chrysalis Vineyards and the Norton Grape

Every weekend in October, I have been visiting a Virginia winery to celebrate Virginia Wine Month. So far (knock on wood!), the weather has been perfect. A little warm for fall, yes, but the sun has been shining and the leaves are almost at peak foliage. The views are absolutely breathtaking! It was on a…

Virginia Wineries

October is Virginia Wine Month!

Hooray! It’s October! It’s the first full month of fall, it’s my anniversary month <3, and it’s Virginia Wine Month! Virginia is home to the very first vineyards in the United States. In 1607, colonists in Jamestown grew the first vineyards producing the first wines of America. They were weak and not any good, but…

Paradise Springs

Experiencing Viriginia Wines: Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs is one of my favorite wineries to visit in Northern Virginia (Clifton, to be exact). When I am in the mood for good wine but not in the mood to drive, Paradise Springs is my answer. Not only is it close to DC (it’s actually the closest winery to DC), but the wines are delicious.…

RdV Vineyards

Experiencing Virginia Wines: RdV Vineyards 

I’ve started this post over and over again. As I type, nothing seems appropriate for one of the most amazing wine experiences I have ever had. And that is just what it was…an experience. RdV Vineyards is dedicated not only making fabulous wine, but about making everyone have a memorable and enjoyable experience. In this…

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

Pairing Wine w/ Sushi @ Tachibana Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant in McLean

Whenever Dr. 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. Dr. Grape Pairings prefers the rolls, where as I go for the nigiri/sashimi meals. When Dr.…

2016 Early Mountain Vineyards Rosé

Everything Goes with Rosé

It’s true. Everything that you can think of goes with Rosé. Why? Not a clue. Is it true? No idea. To be honest, this is just me making a declaration that has no credibility behind it other than my own research. Sure, maybe there is a reason why Rosé goes with everything, and maybe some wine…