Whitebarrel Winery

After 64 wineries and an iPhone full of pictures, I have a bit of a backlog of wineries to review. After deep thought and introspection, aka a glass of mulled wine yesterday at brunch, I’ve come up with a new non-scientific method to figure out how to order these reviews out. For at least the next few posts, my plan is to focus on Virginia wineries that are criminally underrated. There are more than 312 wineries in the state, but sometimes it seems like the industry is only looking at the heavy hitters. Hopefully, over these next few posts, you’ll get ideas of some new, smaller operations that are well worth your time.

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12 Ridges Vineyard

12 Ridges is one of Virginia’s newest vineyards–so new, in fact, that their vines aren’t quite ready for harvest yet. However, in the meantime, they’ve recruited Charlottesville legend Erin Scala to curate them a tasting room menu that truly reflects their end goal–to become Virginia’s premiere cool-climate winery.

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Morais Vineyards and Winery

I visit Morais quite a bit, mostly because it’s close, has good wine, and looks flippin’ fabulous. As far as wineries go, this one is also to the close to the top in terms of family-friendliness. They have a huge lawn filled with many playthings, which I tested and determined also fit adults.

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Potomac Point Winery

Potomac Point is my “home” winery and I love them because they consistently put up with my bullshit (Late night e-mails about Game of Thrones, printing custom wine labels for our wedding, my mom and mother-in-law trying to kidnap their banquet manager). I bring so many people here and love seeing their reactions. The place is stunning, the wine is great, and the food did not get photographed for this post because we ate it too quickly.

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Cheers to the Weekend #2

Today officially marks the end of my busy season at work! I plan on celebrating by napping a lot. But this weekend also marks a huge Virginia wine milestone–it’s Harvest Party season! I mentioned it…

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