Diving into Wine Tasting

Bubbles, Not Champagne!

Just a hint of a breeze and mild blue skies made Saturday at Booster Park in Orange, Virginia ideal skydiving weather.  It seemed like divers were dropping every fifteen to twenty minutes and offered spectacular  entertainment for the wine tasting observers below  at  The Pick of the Piedmont Fall Wine Festival.  Every time I set my camera down to taste another cabernet franc or petit verdot, the parachute photo opportunities would slip away as I hastily switched hands!  

I finally caught these jumpers on camera and was so inspired that when I have a couple of hundred dollars of mad money I’m headed to the Orange County Airport skydiving!  It might take a couple of glasses to get my nerve up, but when I do..!

Tandem Jump Orange, VA









Of the 14  vineyards represented, a few stood out for their wines or hospitality.  WellHung Vineyard gets the award for  marketing and originality!  Tracy Verkerke, came up with the name and design , Amy Steers,  a nurse turned viticulturist  and Kathy Rash, business planner are the three women involved in the business of WellHung.They have the additional  benefit of expert Virginia winemaker Michael Shaps  bottling their dreams into reality!  

WellHung Vineyard
Cooper Vineyard  had the most interesting wine that we sampled, their signature chocolate wine,  Noche.  Do you think we might ever find this in the feminine section of our local pharmacy  pairing two PMS favorites?  It does make a great gift and was on special pricing,  3 bottles for 50 dollars!
They are also close to completing the new LEED certified tasting room,  possibly opening as  early as December of 2010.  Hope we’re invited!
Burnley Vineyard is practically a neighbor, situated just a few miles from our home and unfortunately is forgotten because it is so close! After spending a little time chatting with the owner, Dawn Reeder I realized my mistake and plan to stop by soon! We really enjoyed the Rubix port style wine made with Norton grapes and discussed the compatibility of cigars and this particular vintage.
The vendor that really attracted our attention was the Potts Chocolates, Blair and Margo Potts personally  handed out delicious delicate samples of truffles and chocolates while explaining the elaborate process of making these unique treats.
Potts Chocolates

Salty caramel chocolate was by far our favorite!  They are in the process of developing their website and can be reached at  Blair.Potts@PottsChocolate.com to order online. For more on the food aspect of this event and the person who invited us,look for  my fellow blogger and friend, Pam who will  be elaborating at  www.Foode4thought.blogspot.com