Honestly, I wrote my last post at 3:00 a.m. since I couldn’t sleep and wine was on my mind, ( is that a song title)? That said, I’ll continue with some of the other vineyards that were worth mentioning! Considering the name of the festival, The Pick of the Piedmont, I thought I’d share some of our groups’ observations. Our favorite banner by far was the logo for Wintergreen Winery! Also, they win for best quotation ala W.C. Fields, ” What contemptible scoundrel stole the cork from my lunch?” Love it!
The park grounds were really unremarkable, flat and open, while perfect for sports, it lacked in charm for a wine fest. The few trees did lend splashes of fall color and accented the drop zone for the skydivers at the Orange Airport. All of the wine booths were situated under a large shelter with tastings running the perimeter of the structure. This did serve well to keep the wines cool and out of direct sunlight.
Several owners and winemakers could be found pouring glasses and expounding on the virtues of the grapes they had selected for growing in the Piedmont.
WindSong from Columbia, VA had quite a broad selection including other less traditional fruit wines from strawberry to peach to plum. With broad smiles they enthusiastically filled our glasses and explained which ones were their personal favorites, we’ll have to visit their winery next time we head towards Richmond. I believe Cooper Vineyards will have to be on that same trip!
A grape that I was not familiar with was the Traminette grape, developed at Cornell for it’s hardiness in cooler regions. Potomac Point Winery blended it with other grapes into a fruity white table wine called La Belle Vie. It actually had a lot of character and we took some home to enjoy later that evening. Our friends purchased the Richland Heritage, their signature wine, a blend of bordeaux style varietals with a smooth velvety finish. After checking out their website and the beautiful Tuscan style tasting room, I think a trip towards Stafford is in order!
One of the nicest advantages to this event was the small venue and the fact that it wasn’t over crowded, just a nice afternoon spent with friends learning about wine and enjoying tasting it!