6/26/2006

Piedmont Vineyards

On Saturday after visiting and having a nice time at Chrysalis I received a call from my sister who was visiting from Georgia. She truly enjoyed Loudoun County the last time she visited so I invited her to meet us at Piedmont Vineyards, which is technically in Fauquier County, but minutes away from Chrysalis.

Piedmont has a very nice outdoor deck, a separate picnic area, and attractive landscaping complimented by a calming pond. On the inside you well find a very spacious tasting room with comfortable chairs, tables, as well a sofa and a fireplace for the cooler months. Piedmont also serves light fare, and has a nice variety of wine gifts, oils (for the warm bread they serve) and spreads for sale, amongst other things.

We have visited Piedmont before, but this would be my sister’s initial visit to the winery. Wines to note at Piedmont would be their elegant Chardonnay’s and the 2004 Merlot. Current offerings are the 2002 Native Yeast Chardonnay aged 10 months in 100% French oak, 2002 Chardonnay aged 22 months in %100 French oak, and lastly my favorite the 2001 Special Reserve Chardonnay aged 12 months in you guessed it, 100% French oak. The 2004 Merlot is full bodied and has flavors of spice and dark berry. Piedmont also produces several fun and fruity wines that are great for warm summer days.

My sister and friends arrived and did a tasting and were lured to the aforementioned fun and fruity selections. Dezel decided on the 2001 Special Reserve Chardonnay. The 2001 Special Reserve has flavors of apple, highlighted by toasty oak aging, and was well received. The rest of the pack arrived back at the table with a bottle of Piedmont’s Little River Red. This is a very popular summer wine made from red raspberries. We purchased a platter of cheese and crackers and enjoyed conversation for a few hours while enjoying our wine.

If it were not for the rain, we would have been sitting outdoors enjoying the deck and nice view. Piedmont is a very nice place to take a picnic basket to, sit by the pond, and soak it all in with your favorite glass of wine.

The day was wrapped up with a stop at Middleburg’s Hidden Horse Tavern for an appetizing seafood dinner delight. In closing, we really had a great time in the small quaint town of Middleburg on Saturday.

Happy Sipping!

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