Many people mistake wineries being just a summer activity. Oh, don't get me wrong, who doesn't love some summer seating; usually overlooking some grape vineyards while sipping wine with friends- thinking any drinking in a wine glass is classier.
However, there is a lot of wineries that are still open and serving in the winter. These are a great adventures in the wintertime- because what doesn't keep you warmer than a glass of red with a fire? Or the romanticism of snow with a glass and a snuggle? Also, a lot of the Virginia wineries can be packed with crowds comes summer. So the wintertime is actually some of the best times to go winetasting.
This is our list of Winter Vineyards to get you through the winter blues- and hopefully into a red or white mood
- Willowcraft Winery, Leesburg. Family owned, and one of the things I love about this place- they serve soup and wine! I love a bowl of soup in the Winter time. They also host private events- serving red and white wines. Even though they have been around for the last 31 years, I think you will be hearing more from this winery.
- Muse Vineyards, Woodstock. This vineyard is open in the winter Friday through Sunday, winner of the 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup. Even though this vineyard ships to certain locations, why not make a winter foray to Woodstock for a winetasting?
- The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville. This is one of my favorite summer wineries! The summer sangria and music is a highlight tradition for my friends and I. However, did you know the food trucks and music continues into the winter? Not that far from the D.C. area, this is definitely a spot to hit to see the winter landscape with a glass of wine.
- Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton. Another location open year round, the wooded rustic interior is perfect for the winter shenanigans. Maybe even more so than the summer, the rustic setting pairs perfectly with wine, snow and cold.
So What Type of Wines Should We Drink In the Winter?
Does winter have a taste? Yes, it does. Usually the sangrias are a summer flavor as well as the buttery chardonnays with a cold salad. Here are our picks for Wintertime Wines
- Syrah. Sometimes known as a shiraz (usually by people who are putting shrimp on the Barbie), this is a dark-skinned grape for red wine. The world's seventh grown grape- the Virginia wines usually have a hint of spice.
- Zinfandel. Watch out, usually having a higher alcohol level- this wine is lighter in color than Merlot and a Cab. It still has a bold taste with tannins and acidity.
- Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the most popular wines in the world and most commonly produced in each area of the world, it usually has a "full" taste and a high tannins. The taste can be more complex depending on what type of climate it is produced.
- Oaked Chardonnay. This wine is aged with oak. I know! I didn't like the taste of a tree in my mouth at first, but as the weather progressed into cold weather, I have acquired a taste for that tree in my mouth- especially when I see wood-burning fireplace. So give it a try; you would be amazed on how it becomes an acquired taste.
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