Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Weekend in VA Wine (and Cider) Country - with Amanda

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A Weekend in VA Wine (and Cider) Country by Amanda Kertz

A few weekends ago, Adam and I went to Cobbler Mountain Cellars and Barrel Oak Winery near Delaplane, Virginia, which were both decked out beautifully for the holidays. Both places were kid and dog friendly and there were plenty of places outdoors for them to run around. Personally, I love places where you can take the whole family, including your fur babies. There were even a few cats outside at Barrel Oak!

Cobbler Mountain

I LOVE the cider at Cobbler Mountain. They are ALL GLUTEN-FREE and have something for everyone, including several hopped varieties, which are delicious for those of us who can’t drink beer. They also had seasonal flavors including pumpkin, cran-ginger and cinnamon (as of last week, they have this one at Craft House in Reston). The tasting room manager told me their cider should be available at most area Wegmans and they might be at Total Wine. They also have a great growler program that I would definitely do if it were a little further east!

There were also sweet ciders, including honey and maple stout. I thought the maple stout was the most interesting, because it had a sort of savory/sweet combo.

Following the tasting and a pint with our late lunch, we drove to Barrel Oak Winery.

Barrel Oak Winery

Barrel Oak did not disappoint with their wine tasting. You can choose from BOW or a WOW tasting, one of which has more sweet wines (I don’t remember which was which, but I had the sweeter one). The tasting had a good variety of reds, whites and dessert wines. My favorite wine was the Chocolate Lab dessert wine, which is a part of the tastings—it has real chocolate in it!

Barrel Oak also just opened a brewery next to the wine tasting room, which—in addition to several beers you can taste—has Bold Rock cider. I had already ordered a glass of wine, but if you are a cider fan—and have been living under a (bold) rock, hahaha!—I would definitely try Bold Rock, especially because it's made in Virginia.

We had a great time and both places are definitely worth a visit the next time you’re in Virginia wine (and cider!) country.

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