We were ready for Virginia Wine Month – this is always one of the busiest times of year, and was even more so this past October. I think because of the economic situation and poor service and reliablity of the airlines, more people drove for getaways then flew and the tasting rooms were slammed!
Out running a tour the other day at Pollak Chris got some action shots of the winery standing up a new steel tank. I like to think that they rushed right out and bought it when I was so dismayed at the end of their Pinot Gris, to fill it up for me, but Chris doesn’t think so..he says they need it for their popular red blend, which ran out even earlier. Either way, we love to see them expand since we are great fans of their wine!
I know it’s Fall when my favorite local restaurants bring out their fantastic squash soup! The weather is slightly cooler, especially in the morning now, and wine tasting is great fun with all the fireplaces burning brightly!
For visitors and locals alike, there is a great tasting deal right now which will run until the end of December, so think of this also for stocking stuffers. For $10 you can purchase a “Passport” card which gives you a tasting at Keswick Vineyards, Jefferson Vineyards, and Kluge Farm Shop.
The tasting at Kluge is the still selection which consists of one sparkling wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, two Albemarle Red blends and the Cru dessert wine if I recall correctly. It does not cover the sparkling wine selection which is three sparklers, two New World Reds and the Cru cocktail.
Another thing when tasting at Kluge – we recommend when you pick up your tasting to ask them for a wine glass. We find that tasting the wines in a glass rather than from the pointy holders (pictured) allows us to swirl and get a sense of the nose!
This passport is a great deal as the tastings together would cost somewhere around $23.00 normally, and you don’t have to use it up all at once. They simply punch the card when the tasting is used. This program runs until December 31, 2009.
Lastly, we were thrilled to find out that this winter Blenheim Vineyards, owned by musician Dave Matthews, is now open on a daily basis. There are a handful of wineries here that close on Monday and Tuesday during the winter, so it was great news to find a winery that is expanding it’s hours. We love the wines presented this year by winemaker Kirsty Harmon! They also showed us the new wine label designed by Dave Matthews for a soon-to-be- released red.
As always, if you need any info, hours of operations or directions to a Virginia winery, just go to http://www.virginiawine.org/ where you’ll find everything you’ll need!