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