Highlights from a Jaunt Through Virginia Wine Country

Over this past holiday weekend, I had to work on Saturday and a little on Monday, but Sunday was another story. It was a perfect day (minus a couple of showers) for a quick trip into Virginia Wine Country, the Northern Virginia Region to be precise. Here are the highlights:

Chester Gap Cellars: This is a small, family-owned winery and vineyard with a beautiful view of the surrounding hills and forest. It’s worth the trip, particularly if you like Viognier.  Chester Gap makes three different 100% Viognier wines wines with varying degrees of oak aging. I personally preferred the first one I tasted, which was fermented entirely in stainless steel.

Linden Vineyards: The cellar tasting never disappoints. While I was sad they were not tasting their 2008 Sauvignon Blanc on this particular day (East Coast Wineries recently noted the Washington Post’s praise for this and other VA sauvignon blancs), my disappointment was tempered by sampling their 2006 Hardscrabble Chardonnay. It had excellent acidity and was not over-oaked.  You’ll want to grab multiple bottles of this well-balanced wine.

Chateau O’Brien: The Virginia Apple Wine really is ridiculously good. Oh, and if it is your first time I would recommend scheduling a Cellar Collection Tasting, as the winemaker does a mean Tannat. Unfortunately, if recollection serves, the 2005 is sold out. I think the 2006 is available at $69 per bottle.

Pearmund Cellars: Just my luck, the Malbec sold out mere hours before we arrived, but the Cabernet Franc was excellent. Their new vintage of Viognier was just bottled and shows some good potential.

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