7/11/2008

Barrel Oak Winery: BOW is WOW!

Hello Friends,

This past holiday weekend I jumped on I-66 and headed to the small town of Delaplane, Virginia, to celebrate the 4th of July at Barrel Oak Winery. The last time I visited Barrel Oak Winery in March of this year the winery and tasting room was under construction. Wow! What a difference a day makes (actually about 3 months). Today, Barrel Oak Winery is an eye-catching and spacious multi-level facility where one can relax and discover great views and good vintages. Simply put – a beautiful building in a gorgeous setting.

Barrel Oak Winery

To celebrate the 4th of July, BOW (which is short for Barrel Oak Winery) was grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, playing outdoor games, giving winery and vineyard tours, popping fireworks, and lots more. Tastings were being held indoors and outdoors and smiling faces and wagging tails were plentiful. Besides being people-friendly, BOW is very dog friendly, and many four-legged friends came out to meet and play with the winery dogs, Barley and Justice (the new loveable puppy).

Tasting Room


Inside you will find a spacious tasting room with artful décor, high ceilings, a stone fireplace, large windows, and an abundance of natural light, as well as southern hospitality. In addition, the tasting facility features a wine gift shop and ample indoor seating. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest and most spacious tasting rooms in the state that I have visited – owners Brian and Sharon Roeder have done a great job. At the tasting bar we were greeted by winemaker Rick Tagg, who many people might know from Pearmund Cellars. After some chit-chat with Rick, we were invited to the tasting bar to sample the winery’s inaugural offerings. Let’s take a look at the wine list, shall we?

Tasting Bar

For a young winery there is a wide array of wine selections to choose from– something for every palate preference, including red, white, dry, off-dry, and sweet. Seyval Blanc 2007, BowHaus White (off-dry blend), Viognier 2007, and the Bowhaus Red (light bodied blend …a red that can be served slightly chilled) are some great summertime wines. Red wine selections like the Petit Verdot 2005, Cabernet franc 2005, and Merlot 2005 are nice sipping and food pairing wines. For those looking to indulge their taste buds in a dessert wine, try the light and tropical Late Harvest Viognier 2006 or the exquisite Chocolate Lab dessert wine. With the seasonal warmth of summer, I opted for a bottle of the Viognier 2007, which offers tropical notes and citrus hints, in an aromatic and mouth-filling, yet refreshing wine.

Enjoy the view from the patio

On nice days you will want to sit out on the stone patio where breathtaking views of the mountains and vineyard can be enjoyed. Speaking of vineyards, BOW's estate vines were recently planted and include Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Petit Manseng. The wines currently offered are sourced from several of the top vineyards in the surrounding area. When you visit the winery ask about a winery and vineyard tour – the behind the scenes stuff is very interesting!

See You on the Wine Trail, Friends!

As their website suggest, “We’re an Hour from Downtown and a World Away,” is very much the impression I get when sitting out on the patio marveling at the beautiful symphony of nature. I said it before, and I will say it again, friends: “If you enjoy Virginia wine and beautiful views this is the place for you because both are difficult to escape at Barrel Oak Winery”. When you visit be sure to tell them you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot.


Info: Barrel Oak Winery, 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144


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