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Thanks to a Groupon deal and a snap decision, Z and I left town Friday and headed to Luray, Virginia. The Groupon was for a stay at a historic inn and I had heard that the nearby Luray Caverns were pretty spectacular so away we went.

Luray is only a 2.5hr drive from Baltimore which is far enough to feel significant but not too far where the travel is overwhelming.

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I decided it certainly would not be a Z & K get-a-way without a winery visit, so planned for us to make a pit-stop en route to Luray.

After researching a bit I decided on Rappahannock Cellars. If nothing else, the name was fun to say and they had a decent selection of wines.

In reading the website I learned that the owners, a husband and wife team, began wine making in California almost 20 years ago. They were drawn to the Blue Ridge Mountain area of Virginia as a place to raise their family and now TWELVE (!) kids later they have established a family owned and operated business. Two of the oldest children serve as Marketing Director and Tasting Room Manager.

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The tasting room was nice and spacious, with some gift and local products on display.

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First up were the whites. My notes for the two we tried:

  • “Sweet in the middle, dry finish. Bubbly.”
  • “LOVE the peach. Not overly sweet.”

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Overall favorable responses! We ended up coming home with a bottle of the Rosé. It was fun and bubbly without being saccharine.

As far as the reds, not much luck. My notes were simple and to the point:

  • OAKY : (
  • PEPPERY : (

Yes, I drew sad faces on the paper because I’m a sophisticated adult like that.

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Overall there just wasn’t anything overwhelming or notable. Regardless, “wine flies when you’re having fun” (courtesy of a coaster they had for sale).

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Since the response was only so-so and there was another winery right down the road we decided to make a second pit stop…and we are so glad we did. Stay tuned…

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