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Charlottesville Wine Tour 2018

November 26, 2018

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.

 

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