After several days of sweltering and searing heat, the weekend promised to be pleasant with mild temperatures. Mother Nature did not disappoint one bit as the weekend proved to be an excellent excuse to be outdoors.
Feeling Sunny ?
Never one to shy away from Mother Nature’s gifts, we decided to pack a picnic basket and pay another visit to a familiar and festive place. Tarara Winery, located in Leesburg, VA, is situated on 475 customer friendly acres and is what I moniker a wine lovers Neverland Ranch; it is simply beautiful and picturesque to say the very least.
Tarara Winery is at the midway point in their 2006 Sounds of Summer Concert Series. We have been to three concerts this year and they all have been memorable and pleasant. The concerts are held from 6pm to 9:30pm every Saturday until September 30th. They are family friendly and the fee for adults is $10 and kids get in free. Your entry fee covers a wine tasting of up to five wines of your choice including the Reserve wines.
Winery lineup at tasting bar
We proceeded to the outdoor tasting bar and sampled 5 of their white wines, since we had sampled the reds a few weeks back when we visited. As a matter of fact the last time we visited we were with friends and enjoyed bottles of Tarara’s Wild River Red 2004, Cabernet Franc 2004 and the Reserve Merlot 2003, all of which were tasty. See my post for notes.
Pinot Gris 2005
While enjoying the lovely evening, we decided on something refreshing and fruity to accompany the food we packed. The Pinot Gris 2005 danced about my palate during my tasting and made its way to our table. As I mentioned a few posts back, there is something to be said for these 2005 Virginia white wines. The Pinot Gris 2005 has a subtle floral and citrus nose with citrus, namely lemon flavors and finished rather nicely and went well with our food selections, thus complimenting the lovely evening.
Band performing, Shadow Lake in the background
Crowd enjoying the lovely evening
Beautiful Shadow Lake
In closing, we once again had a wonderful time at Tarara. Tarara is taking the lead on these festive events and many more wineries are following suit. It is a nice way to get individuals, couples, families and groups involved in other activities centered around our favorite healthy beverage wine!
I encourage readers to plan a visit to Tarara. It’s truly an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday evening and I assure you there will be more Sounds of summer posts from me. We really enjoy the wines, music and people there.
Great time at Tarara, and yeah Thin Lizzy rocks to !!!
When you decide to visit Tarara tell them you read about them on Virginia Vine Spot!