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…

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…

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…

King Family Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Learn More About: Virginia Cabernet Franc (King Family Vineyards)

When people think of American wines, they often think of wines from California, Washington, or Oregon. While these three states make out of this world wine, I’m just waiting for the day that Virginia gets the same recognition because Virginia knows how to make some really good wine. One perfect example of a grape that…

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…