After a pleasant day spent at Waterford Vineyards, the following day we decided to take our chances with the weather and attend the 18th Annual Labor Day Herndon Jazz and Wine Festival held in Historic Downtown Herndon. The day was warm and the sun in full blossom and there were ten Virginia wineries, delicious foods to taste and some great performers to enjoy.
We met up with friends and had a really nice time. The festival was well attended so it was difficult getting a tasting, but the entire tasting idea is to get familiar with the wineries and their wines and then visit the actual winery for your true and formal tasting.
Everyone was feeling red despite the warm weather, so we all agreed on the Barboursville Cabernet Franc Reserve 2005 to pair with our food selections. The Cabernet Franc Reserve was easy drinking displaying a nice ruby color. This wine has a nice cherry and sweet oak nose with berry fruit and mild oak flavors on the palate finishing short, but overall satisfying.
Davis Valley Winery
We all had a great time, seeing old faces, and meeting new ones. We also caught great performances from Blues artist Catfish Hodge, guitarist Reggie Wayne Morris and caribbean latin jazz group, Mambo Combo. The day began with people pulling out umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun, and ended with people pulling out umbrellas to keep dry from the rain.
Cat Fish Hodge
Shameless self promotion of T-Shirt (lol)
Needless to say, the festival was fun, and we tried some great wines, listened to a variety of good music and had delicious food; what better way to spend a Monday off!
Stay tuned this week as we report on this weekends visits to the new Winery at LaGrange and Three Fox Vineyards.