Well, the weekend is over and I’m back at work. I loved having four whole days off. Of course, one was spent cooking and hosting Thanksgiving for 10 (by the way, I did end up making the seafood casserole) but the other 3 were spent all by myself up in Charlottesville. I decided that since I don’t often get consecutive days off that I needed to take advantage of the time, and my Hilton points, and drive up to Charlottesville and tour a few wineries.
Did you know that Virginia is the 5th largest wine producer in the country? I didn’t either. Anyway, once everyone was fed and the leftovers were put away, I packed a bag and made my way up the road. It rained all day on Saturday, so I couldn’t really take advantage of how beautiful the scenery was but the wine made up for that.
The tour started at 10:30am – wine tasting is the only activity that I can think of where it is socially acceptable to drink wine before noon. The tour was Monticello-themed, and the first stop was the Jefferson Vineyard. Jefferson had a nice selection of wines, although they were a little stingy with the pour, and I did make a purchase:
Next was the Blenheim Vineyards which is famously owned by Dave Matthews. Everyone thought that was cool. I really had no opinion one way or the other. The wine was fine, but I did not make a purchase. There was a really good food truck parked on the property where I was able to warm up with a delicious bowl of chicken and dumplings.
Next was the First Colony Winery which was in a beautiful location and apparently a very popular wedding venue. Good size pours but I found myself pouring more out than actually sipping. One of the varietals, Cabernet Franc was described as a wine that would “punch me in the face” … and it did. I, however, do not want to be abused by my wine. I purchased the Silver Doctor which is a blend of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Smooth and delicious.
Finally, we went to Pippin Hill, which technically is not a winery (because they don’t make any wine on the property), but it was still a lovely place. It was actually a restaurant, only serving lunch, and the atmosphere was definitely a place I’d like to revisit.
I really enjoy wine tasting. It gives me a chance to try things I’ve never tried or to revisit things I haven’t had in a while. One drawback, for me, is that I very rarely ever see any other people of color on these tours. I saw none on this tour.
In any case, it was a great solo trip and I needed the break. I love being able to spend this time on my own but I’m noticing that the more time I spend alone the more challenging it is for me to be around people. I’ve got to do something about that.