In Review: Tarara Fine Vine…Just Say Viognier!

Hello Friends,

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to join a panel of distinguished wine enthusiasts, wine writers, and industry professionals to judge a blind tasting of Virginia Viognier wines. Tarara Winery, in Loudoun County, organized this tasting event and the top four wines scored, along with Tarara’s 2008 Viognier, would represent the “Best of Virginia” at Tarara’s Fine Vine Festival.

Fine Vine...Just Say Viognier!

The festival took place off the shores of Shadow Lake last weekend, and was an elegant evening spent enjoying live jazz music, delicious food, good company, and Virginia Viognier. The evening featured a delectable five course menu created by PS7’s Restaurant and Market Salamander that paired with each of the Virginia Viognier wines selected. The food and wine pairings were well thought out and both visually and palate pleasing.

Tarara's Beautiful Shadow Lake

The evening ended with the relaxing sounds of smooth and mellow jazz, a few oldies but goodies, and a vineyard tour. Guests were also given an opportunity to sample the Tarara 09 Honah Lee Vineyard Viognier. I’ve recently enjoyed a Viognier from a different producer who gets their Viognier from the same vineyard and this farm produces solid Viognier, so keep an eye out for the release date.

Happy Sipping from Tarara's Fine Vine Festival!

In closing, I’ve included the menu and the “Best of Virginia” Viognier wines below. Get out and try these delicious Virginia wines and shoot me an e-mail or post a comment and let me know what you think. Big thanks to Jordan Harris, Robert Piziali, Kim Parker and the Tarara Team for making this such a special event.

Chesapeake Soft-Shell Crabs
Served with Green Tomatoes
Chef Vaughn Skaggs , Market Salamander

House-cured spiced ham served with local asparagus and textures of parmesan
Chef Peter Smith, PS7’s Restaurant

Shrimp & Watermelon (Yum) ~ Who would have thought?

Roasted Shrimp
Served with watermelon and scallion salad
Chef Peter Smith, PS7’s Restaurant

Smoked Chicken Roulade
Served with Wild Mushrooms and Verjus
Chef Peter Smith, PS7’s Restaurant

Smoked Chicken & Barrel Fermented Viognier paired nicely!

Virginia Honey Shortcake
Served with Local Berries
Chef Jason Reaves, Market Salamander

Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned friends ...More to come!

Info: Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg,VA, T(703) 771-7100

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