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After we got done with our tasting at Notaviva Vineyards, Z and I were quite hungry. We asked the woman working there for a good lunch spot and she gave us a handy dandy map, pointing us towards Purcellville, about 20 minutes south.

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“Magnolias at the Mill” came highly recommended.

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The restaurant itself is inside a renovated mill and provides lots of interesting architecture and decor to look at.

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We went with our usual “Z & K dining out strategy of awesomeness” and split the tomato-gouda soup and this sandwich:

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The citrus mayo definitely added a unique flavor that I really enjoyed.

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Once we were properly fed it was on the tasting number two. This particular vineyard made my list because of their wine and truffle pairing option. You mean I can have chocolate AND wine?!

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This time we had four different wines that were to be paired with four different types of chocolate truffles. Food and wine pairing is an area of expertise that I know absolutely nothing about so I was drawn to this out of curiosity…that and my undying love of chocolate.

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The tasting started with a white chocolate paired with a light, crisp Pinot Grigio. In the end I’m not a huge fan of white chocolate and the Pinot Grigio was nothing to write home about.

Next was a chestnut, pecan chocolate that was paired with a dry red wine. By itself I wouldn’t normally be a fan of the wine, but in conjunction with the chocolate it was tasty.

The third was a clementine chocolate rolled in biscotti. My comments for the accompanying wine were “smoky, oaky, NO GO.” If you read that exact same line on Z’s you’ll find, “delicious.” Opposites attract I guess.

Last but not least was a dark chocolate ganache rolled in cocoa powder. A bite of it and a sip of the wine and you would swear you were eating a chocolate cake with raspberry filling. Mmmmm.

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While I of course loved the chocolate, we were provided with very little information on the vineyard and the wines. I just didn’t feel the personal connection that we had at Notaviva earlier that day.

Before hopping in the car for our ride back to the city we took a moment to enjoy the beautiful country surroundings.

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It was so nice to get away, even if just for the day. With so many wineries in the area I’m sure another trip will be in our future.

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