One of my favorite parts about living in Arlington is proximity to the local wineries. This past weekend a group of us got together for a birthday celebration and took Chariots for Hire out to two Leesburg wineries, Dry Mill Winery and Quattro Goomba's Winery.
We started off at Dry Mill Winery, where the owner, Dean Vanhuss, guided us through a tasting. It was the perfect setting for a cold, winter day, with the interior decor mimicking that of a log cabin. We finished the tasting with the Sweet Stallion, where we were given a piece of dark chocolate to enjoy between sips. It was so delicious, but probably something I could only enjoy with that piece of chocolate. In the end our favorite was the Norton, which has an interesting history. The Norton grape was originally released in 1827, and comes off as a jammier wine. The grape went away for quite some time, and then came back into production in 1992 at Horton's Vineyard.
Our second and final stopping point was Quattro Goomba's. After tasting at Dry Mill, and splitting a bottle of the Norton, our palates, and our minds, were definitely not at the top of their game. The notes were limited to a 1-5 scale, with a pretty large lack of detail as to any justification behind those numbers. In the end we walked away with a few bottles of wine to share and a large pepperoni pizza. The ambiance of this winery was more our style, featuring live music and a relaxed atmosphere. My guess this winery really shines during the summer months when they are able to open the garage doors that overlook the rolling Virginia hills.
It was the perfect Saturday, celebrating one of my favorite people. Can't wait till the Spring and Summer months have me frequenting the wineries on a more regular basis.