Wine Tasting in the Virginia Countryside
Before our long trek back to PA, my friend C and I decided to stop at a winery that was highly recommended to us by our Airbnb hosts: Veritas. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley and in the height of autumn, we had it in our minds that it would be the perfect last moments for us to enjoy a glass of vino and some views of the valley. For both the eyes and taste buds, it was nourishing.
C and I marveled at the rows of vines as we drove up and got really excited at the prospect of all the wine and cheese ahead of us! I had never been wine tasting before (at least here in the US - I went wine tasting in Tuscany once, nbd). It was so different, though, in many great ways: this experience was accentuated with the views of the blue mountains, familiar company, and a Sunday-afternoon sort of calm that enveloped us as we took in all of our surroundings. To top it all off, the late afternoon sun lit up the turning leaves to a dramatic and fiery orange. The grounds were absolutely beautiful - I could only imagine how beautiful a wedding would look here!
When we arrived, we entered the tasting room and met some people doing the same this as us: on the road back to Pennsylvania, making a classy pit-stop! So we chatted it up and sampled many glasses of some amazing whites, then reds. I was really torn between a couple of which, but there was only one that stood out.
After the tasting, I decided to try a glass of the Viognier, which was delicious. I'll admit, sometimes I just don't taste the complexities of the grape - this one supposedly had aromas of orange zest and ripe peach and apricots. All I know is it was amazing with the cheese plate we ordered. Wine and cheese forever.
Needless to say, it was an enchanting afternoon (I wish all Sundays were like this, with a wine and cheese tasting hour). When can I come back? And more importantly, can we always do this on our road trips, C?