Wines of Virginia at Trummers On Main

Hello Friends,

Trummers On Main is a relatively new upscale restaurant in Clifton, VA that specializes in contemporary American cuisine. Trummers, as they are more commonly referred to, also has a large and lovely wine cellar that is stocked with thousands of hand-picked food friendly wines from all over the world. The wine cellar and wine list is overseen by Sommelier Tyler Packwood, formerly of the Inn at Little Washington.

Wines of Virginia Tasting

Just about every Thursday, the restaurant offers a themed wine tasting that is led by Tyler. The wine tastings are held in a private wine-tasting room on the first floor, which offers a great view of the wine cellar through a large picture window. This Thursday was a treat for me in particular because the theme of the tasting was “Virginia Wine Country”.

Private Tasting Room w/ View of Cellar

We poured and tasted through the following Virginia wines: first wine in the glass was the refreshing and lively Barboursville Sparkling Brut NV, followed by the clean and crisp (unoaked) Trummer's Virginia Chardonnay (more on this selection later), and then we moved to the smooth and flavorful Pearmund Cellars Lisa’s Merlot 2007, and ended with the robust and earthy Kluge Estate New World Red 2004. The Trummer’s Virginia Chardonnay is made exclusively for the restaurant by award-winning winemaker Luca Paschina of Barboursville Vineyards using Barboursville estate-grown fruit. Barboursville also makes a Cabernet Sauvignon for Trummers from estate-grown fruit and these wines serve as the restaurant’s house wine selections.

The Surryano Melts in the Mouth!

Chef Clayton Miller paired sliced [Virginia] ham and warm bread (made in-house w/ a side of soft butter) with the wines – a simple, yet delicious meal. I found the Surryano (play on Serrano from Spain) dry-cured ham from Surry Farms in Surry, Virginia to be absolutely pleasing in the mouth. It also paired nicely with the wines. Many of the tasters in attendance were not familiar with the wines of Virginia and the tasting confirmed that Virginia is producing high-quality wines and the region has the potential to make world-class wines. In closing, be sure to check the Trummers On Main website for future events and if you have not dined there yet, I encourage you to make reservations soon. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is aesthetically pleasing and the restaurant has a very good wine list. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at

Info: Trummers on Main , 7134 Main Street Clifton, VA 20124, (703) 266-1623

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