Wine around VA
After a fun morning of bottling, figured we’d just hang around for a bit. Especially since we were WAY out in VA. So, we hit the wine trail. First stop, North Gate Vineyard.
There was a wedding there that morning so all of the guests were in the tasting room, causing a bit of a crowded situation. No matter, I found a corner at the end of the bar and got a tasting menu. 8 wines on the menu, and I already had 3 shots of alcohol at the distillery. Sipping and Spitting were the words for the day. The guy who poured my wine was not a fan of my plan. I asked him for a bucket so I could pour some of my wine out, he says ‘Oh, not a fan’ I replied that the wine is fine, I’m driving so I’m taking it easy. His exact words, ‘Oh, really. Well you should have just said that. I’ll pour you less, we don’t just pour wine out around here.’ Is that right?? I could go on about his pour attitude but I was in wine country and had a great day planned, he was not about to ruin it. Since I’m in the industry, this vineyard waived the tasting fee. Thank goodness, I really didn’t want to have to mention his poor behavior.
Next Breaux Vineyards. 10 wines on the tasting menu. Everything was delicious so I tasted everything! I then went and sat down, LOL. We bought a bottle of Jennifer’s Jambalaya to drink while we sat in the air-conditioned tasting room. Love that wine! Reminiscent of a Torrontes, the Jambalaya is a blend of 7 grapes with floral aromas of honeysuckle and white flowers. Crisp flavors of stone fruit on the palate with the tiniest bit of sweetness on the finish. As we’re sipping, who do we see and start talking to? Jennifer herself!! What a great lady!! She talked to us for awhile, poured us the ‘07 Cab Sauv (which was honestly mindblowing!) and told us about some of the other wines that Breaux has available. We even talked about the upcoming harvest for a little while. We bought 1/2 a case of wine from here. That’s what happens when you treat your guests right.