10/30/2006

Lost Creek Vineyards visit

While visiting Loudoun County last weekend we decided to pay a visit to Lost Creek Vineyards. Lost Creek Vineyards is a charming family run winery that is owned and operated by Bob and Carol Hauck and is a short distance from historic downtown Leesburg. Lost Creek Vineyards was one of our first winery visits ever, and since those early days, just a year ago, we have enjoyed a few trips back to say hello and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and quality wines.


Lost Creek Vineyards


Moving to the tasting bar we were warmly greeted by a familiar face. Every time we have visited Lost Creek we have had the pleasure of having our tasting hosted by Rose, Lost Creek’s wonderful taste room associate. Rose knows a great deal about the winery, the wines being poured, and what food selections pair well with Lost Creek's wines. Rose is very informative and provides good descriptions of the wines poured, making the tasting experience pleasant and satisfying.


Tasting Bar

Lost Creek is currently offering five of their wines for taste. There are usually a few more but from talking with staff they have successfully sold out of some of their selections and are expecting new arrivals soon. Readers should check their web page for upcoming wine release news. During our tasting the following wines were poured: Chardonnay 2005, Vidal Blanc 2005, Rose 2005, and the Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. All of the wines tasted exhibited good varietal character and were all well done. One of our favorites, the Vidal Blanc 2005, a French-American hybrid grape, is nicely done with good fruit flavors and a pleasant crispness. The Vidal Blanc pairs well with crab cakes, Tai and Chinese cuisine, or on its own as a nice patio or deck sipper. Another favorable holiday selection that is expected soon in the tasting room is Courtney’s Christmas blend. We enjoyed this selection last December, and trust me, so did many others, as we were witness to the many requests for it in the tasting room. This unique wine is a blend of Chambourcin, Merlot, and Chardonnay with a hint of cranberry. I gifted several bottles for Christmas last year and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, just released is Sweet Summer, a fun, light and fruity semi sweet wine made from 25% Apple Wine blended with Vidal, Viognier, and Chardonnay.


Tasting room


Outdoor covered picnic area

Although the temperature is dropping, during the warmer months Lost Creek is the ideal place for an outdoor picnic. There is a nice covered deck and gazebo for visitors to enjoy. During the cooler months, like now, you will find a spacious tasting room with tables and chairs and a nice stone fronted fire place. This is the perfect compliment to the warm baguettes, meat selections and local cheeses, that are available for purchase to pair with your wine selection. Looking for wine related Christmas gifts? The tasting room is stocked with some really nice local wine related crafts, art work, shirts, jewelry and other gifts ideas.

~ Yummy ~

No trip to Lost Creek is complete without a visit to neighboring winery Hidden Brook Vineyards. Hidden Brook is owned and operated by Bob’s son and is a stones throw away from Lost Creek Vineyards. It is housed in a spacious and charming log home, and although each produces wines vinified from similar grape varieties, they do contrast in style.

Lost Creek Vineyards

Also, as noted on Lost Creek’s web site, consulting winemaker Tom Payette has joined the team and we eagerly await Lost Creek’s upcoming vintage. In closing, I recommend readers make plans to visit Lost Creek Vineyards and neighboring Hidden Brook Vineyards. You can pack a picnic basket, or purchase the light fare available in the tasting room and enjoy the cozy fireplace. When you visit please let them know you read about them on Virginia Vine Spot.

Stay tuned for the following:

  • What do I pair with this ?
  • Village Winery visit
  • Windham Winery visit
  • Hillsborough Halloween Party
  • Some more wine reviews and wine talk

Happy Sipping!

Dezel

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