Last weekend I headed out to Loudoun County to enjoy the 2nd Annual Taste of Italy festival at Doukénie Winery. If you follow my blog, you indeed know that Doukénie Winery is one of my top spots to go when visiting Loudoun wine country. Doukénie does a great job of combining good wine with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, all in an inviting and picturesque setting. And, this popular and well attended family-oriented event was no different.
The weather was picture perfect, almost as if Doukénie had placed an order to Mother Nature for it and super-sized the sunny and beautiful part! The event offered a number of activities to partake in, including vineyard rides, games, live entertainment, cellar tours, grape stomping with Lucy, barrel tasting, and more.
On such a lovely day, the Mandolin, an off-dry white wine blend filled my glass. The Mandolin offers inviting floral and citrus aromas with a touch of spice that follows through on the palate with a smidgen of sweetness on the finish. I later moved to the barrel tasting, where Sebastien Marquet, Doukénie’s winemaker, has a very nice developing Cabernet Franc 2008 and Vintner’s Reserve 2008 red wine blend – I cannot wait to revisit these upon release.
Next in the glass was the Cabernet Franc 2007, which offers cherry, spice box, and herbaceous aromas in a medium bodied, smooth textured wine. This wine paired nicely with my Italian sausage lunch making for a happy marriage of food and wine. By this time, the music was playing and Lucy and the crowd of Virginia Wine Lovers were stomping grapes and dancing. I have to tell you, that Lucy sure can bust a move!
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