Cheers to 2020!

I believe I promised this post yesterday, but I’m in the middle of flying back from New Zealand and got my dates mixed up. I’ll be grateful to be back on a normal schedule soon……

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Naked Mountain Winery

I 100% own a shirt that reads “Keep Calm and Drink Naked.” I bought it at Naked Mountain Winery a couple years ago and still have no regrets. Luckily, my recent revisit keep those feelings strong–Naked Mountain is still a blast.

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Gray Ghost Vineyards

We have one weekend left before Christmas and I have a very strong suggestion on how you should spend it. Go to Gray Ghost Vineyards. Drink some seriously good wine. But most importantly, follow up that wine tasting with a tour of their Christmas cork display. Made up of over 200,000 corks (holy shit, that’s a lot of corks), their display is a ridiculous amount of fun.

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Beliveau Farm Winery

Nestled in the mountains near Blacksburg, Virginia, this was actually my second trip to Beliveau. My first was a few years ago and a bachelorette where we hit on the tasting room attendant for a friend and were not-so-hilariously rejected. Since then, they’ve switched to stemless glasses due to some breakage issues, but the quality of the wine remains just as good.

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The Dog & Oyster Vineyard

Have you ever heard of the term “terroir” before? It’s a French term that basically expresses that grapes taste like where they are grown. You can take two identical grapes and make wine with them in identical ways, but if grown in separate places, you’ll still get totally different wines. The Dog & Oyster Vineyard completely capitalizes on this. Located in Virginia’s Northern Neck and right next to the bay, you can taste the salty brine-y goodness of the sea in their wines. This ain’t your typical Virginia mountain winery.

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