September 8 – Merry Christmas Madison!

Barboursville Vineyard

Our first stop of the day was Barboursville Vineyard. They have a great tasting tour, where we sampled about 15 wines! I was definitely not expecting them to let us sample all their wines, but I was very impressed with their variety.

I wasn’t a big fan of their whites but their reds were great.  Throughout the tasting you get to talk to different wine reps, and we were able to pick their brains.  Madison learned that you can describe a wine as “chewey,” and I bonded with someone who works their over the sparkling wine.  When I sipped it, my reaction was “France.” This woman (I don’t remember her name) exclaimed “yes!” She used to work for Mum vineyards which is where I toured with GWU – Barboursville sparkling wine tastes JUST like their champagne.  We obviously had to buy a couple bottles. =)

Madison also couldn’t resist buying a bottle of Octagon, their specialty wine that was served to to Queen when she visited the states. I’m not complaining!

Something we learned at all our vineyard tours – do. not. buy. red VA 2011 wine. It was a rainy season and all the grapes were bloated and the flavors, diluted. You can really taste the difference.

We ended our wine tours for the day at White Hall.  Our guide, Elliot, was really nice – he gave us a personal tour of the grounds and taught us a lot about making wine. When it was time to leave, there was a violent storm with torrential downpours that we had to run through with our just- bought- wine.  We were soaked! Summer storms are the best – this one rolled out as quick as it came and we were left with a stunning sunset.

Even though we had to wait most of the year to enjoy Madison’s Christmas present (this trip) it was worth the wait.  I can’t believe I haven’t come down here until now and I’ve been living in DC for 6 years!!