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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Weekend Getaways: Winetasting around Charlottesville, Virginia

Last Saturday we had the pleasure of being invited to a girls' day of winetasting outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. One of our dear friends (and former roommates) from law school is getting married in August, and since we're quite a wine crazy bunch, the bride-to-be's sister organized a daylong trip to several vineyards, driver included! MoS Charlotte could not attend due to her beach vacation, but I was happy to escape Washington for a day in the beautiful Virginia countryside. As an alumna of UVa, it's always a treat to get back to the Charlottesville area. It offers the best of many worlds- quaint, historic buildings, chic boutiques, and close proximity to the beautiful Virginia countryside.
We started off at Veritas Vineyards in Afton, Virginia. After a week of rain, the weather was finally ready to cooperate!

The tasting area of Veritas was striking- tall ceiling, stone fireplace, iron chandeliers, weathered leather sofas, ball-root end tables, and huge, weathered wooden tables. Definitely a Napa-inspired vibe.

Beautiful lodge-chic.

I loved these decorative built in storage areas above the doors that housed wine bottles around the end of a barrel. Very inspired.

Let the tasting begin! Lots of glasses around a massive, weathered wooden table.

I could sit in an Adirondack chair and admire the view all day!

After the tasting at Veritas, we tucked into the box lunches we'd picked up from the Greenwood Gourmet Grocery in Crozet.

While my heart will always belong to Bellair (perhaps owing to the hundreds of sandwiches I ate there in college), I have to say that Greenwood Gourmet Grocery certainly gives Bellair a run for its money! It really re-defines the whole concept of a box lunch.

After tasting nine types of wine, nothing looks better than a ham sandwich with roasted red peppers, a cup of pasta salad, and a homemade chocolate chip cookie!
After finishing up lunch, we moved on to our second winery- Pollak Vineyards in Greenwood, Virginia.

Again, the scenery was breathtaking! I loved looking down on this lake with picnic benches next to it. What a great way to spend an afternoon.

And of course, like all of the vineyards we visited, Pollak had a great setup for you to bring your own lunch or snacks and just enjoy the day with a bottle of wine.

Pollak labels.

The vineyards.

Baby grapes!

After enjoying a tasting at Pollak, we moved on to our third and final stop- King Family Vineyards in Crozet.

First priority- the tasting room.

King's appealing patio. Note the flat, grassy area in the background- they actually use it for polo in the summertime.

Maybe it's a little cheesy, but I love it when wineries incorporate barrels into their furniture and decor. Like this barrel garbage can!

And this bench that looks like it's made out of deconstructed barrels.

I can't lie- I love antler chandeliers!

Photo: Elizabeth Chomas
I'd love to return some Sunday afternoon to watch polo. What an idyllic way to spend a Sunday!
If you're ever looking for a relaxing weekend getaway, consider winetasting outside of Charlottesville! There are many, many more vineyards than those included here, including Jefferson Vineyards, Kluge Estate Winery, Prince Michael Vineyard and Winery, and DelFosse Vineyards, just to name a few. Spend your day winetasting in the countryside, and your evening having a fabulous dinner on the downtown mall. I can't wait to go back!

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