Winery Wanderings- Virginia

Wine Friends Reunion
Charlottesville, VA

Memorial Day weekend, 2023

First, a sunset in route
(first sunset picture of the year)

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Florence, SC

 

Horton Vineyards

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Barboursville Vineyards and Ruins
(also where we had an outstanding Dinner)

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Main Building: tasting room and restaurant

 

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Ruins of a mansion designed by Thomas Jefferson for Governor James Barbour.


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Tasting by Ann with Kim perusing the menu

 

 

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A lot of glasses for the group!

 

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Gnomes after a tasting

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Blenheim Vineyards
(owned by musician Dave Matthews since 1999)

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Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards

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A bride party, all with wine-themed tee shirts 

Wisdom Oak Winery

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A tasting in the wine cellar at a boutique family-owned winery

Septenary Winery at Seven Oaks Farm
(once owned by Dave Matthews Band's manager)

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The tasting room, which was the manager's office, looks out over his former pool


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There were once seven oaks on the south lawn of the manor house, each named for a President from Virginia. Hurricane Hazel destroyed all but one of them in 1954. The lone survivor is named for Thomas Jefferson.


Chiswell Farm and Winery

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Hazy Mountain Winery

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A relatively new winery: so-so wines but gorgeous mountain views. Note to self: revisit in a few years when the vines have matured.

 

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Gnome pictures, with people getting in the way


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An unscheduled last stop:
Trump Winery
(Eric, not Donald)

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And, to finish, a few B&W scenics

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The Wine Friends Reunion group:
Ann ("KellyAnn"), Chris, Kim, Scott C, Susan, Scott P, and Ruth 
It doesn't get any better!

Visit the gallery: https://www.imagesbybill.us/Places/Charlottesville-Wineries/

May 26-29, 2023

 


Good shot...

So there we were, sitting in the backyard at sunset. Misters and fans cooling the 105 outside temperature, tunes on the speakers, thinking about cranking up the grill for dinner.  My friend Mark pulled out a bottle of Beringer Sparkling White Zinfandel, "Six Buck Pink Wine." Very Carbonated.

Not being one for the traditional cover the cork and let it pop into your hand, Mark rocked the top off and we watched it explode high into the air. Very carbonated. Up, out and over the back wall.

Where did it land, you ask? Here is where it hit the ground (look carefully at the middle of the bottom yellow line):

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Good shot, Mark. And that is a car passing in the background, courtesy of the long exposure.

The Joys of a Lazy Summer Saturday Night!