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Old 05-15-2010, 12:47 PM
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Hey NoVA oenophiles!

I was going to take some friends of mine to vineyards in Loudoun County tomorrow to try to convince them that yes, Virginia is a wine-producing state. The problem is, I don't drink wine (the good news is that I will be the DD, so there won't be any tipsy drivers in LoCo tomorrow), so I'm not really sure which vineyards have the best wine, or are the most picturesque.

Breaux in Purcellville and Tarara in Leesburg both looked good online, but how are their wines? Does anyone have any other recommendations?

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Old 05-15-2010, 03:22 PM
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I'm not an "oenophile" (is that the fancy term for a wino?) but I can recommend two wineries in Loudoun that might fit the bill. Breaux is one; I recall they have some good red wines.

The other is Chrysalis, which is near Middleburg -- it's 2.5 miles west of the intersection of Rts. 50 and 15; turn south off of Rt. 50 onto Champe Ford Road and go about a mile. Chrysalis has a really unique red wine, Sarah's Patio Red, which is a semi-sweet that is actually best served chilled. It may not be to everyone's liking, but it's worth at least a taste. It's made from Norton grapes, which I understand are native to North America. The vineyard itself is also pretty picturesque. You can check it out on the Web at Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg, Virginia

Happy wine tasting!
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:26 PM
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Sunset Hills has beautiful views and an interesting building. Sunset Hills Vineyard, LLC Doukenie vineyards has some of the best wines, you can stop there on the way to Breaux, which has outstanding wines. The later two were rated the top vineyards in the state.
Doukenie Winery
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:43 PM
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Breaux and Tarara are both great local wineries with great wine. If you are only going to go to one, I'd lean toward Tarara because the grounds are georgous and the tasting room is really, really nice. Have fun!
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Old 05-17-2010, 11:22 AM
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I like Piedmont in Middleburg. They have a nice stone terrace where can sit and enjoy a bottle with a view of a pond.
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