Along with spending the weekend with friends and enjoying wholesome activities we also tour a few local hot spots. Before the grandkids arrived our friend’s parents took us on a county-wide tasting. These are still a little new for us but so much fun. We started at Veritas Winery where our hosts were members. You can tell what kind of events the winery had in mind when they build the grounds and main building. It is just the perfect spot for a wedding. Not only do they have amazing lobby, stunning gardens framed with rolling hills but the reception room is set like something you find in the Wedding magazines. I could have spent the day walking around, had it not been 90 out I might have.
With that said the wines we tasted were all very strong and spicy. For someone who is just learning I didn’t really like any of them. These are more for someone who had developed a pallet. Heading down the road a bit we found King Family Vineyards, when we pulled in it looked like we were going to be almost alone there. However we didn’t see the second parking lot full of visitors. never the less our tasting was very personal and in-depth. This had the feel of being at someones farm, a million dollar farm but a farm. It was very low-key and friendly. The patio was filled with families and there were kids running around. One crazy feature was te polo field. Yeah a polo field in the middle of nowhere. Gives you perspective on the type of folks that live around the area. We even got a tutorial on the sport from a young player who was working in the stable. He was wonderful, I am sure we asked some really stupid questions but he just answered everything with a full explanation. A true embassador for the sport and local club.
Even though the wines here were a little lighter it was still to strong for my taste. Our friends did get a bottle of this dessert wine, that we had last night. Josh grilled some pound cake and Katheryn poured the wine on top and added a scoop of ice-cream. Folks I am telling you that this is the way to eat pound cake. I would even bet that adding any type of booze to grilled pound cake would we heavenly.
Last but not least was Starr Hill Brewery and their free sampling!!!! Yep folks I said free beer. The Jomo, main lager, was something that we all enjoyed. The light flavor and perfect hop is a winner. We were delighted with stories about each beer from the bartender, I am sure this is a coveted job. Love is a summer Hef that is now brewed year around, most woman prefer a hefeweizen or a wheat beer. I think they have done a wonderful job tapping that market. Since Love is no longer seasonal they have brought out a lime accented lager for summer, yuck! Around the taps we went in to stouts and IPAs. All good but the winners were Jomo and Love. The growlers were filled and we went back to nap and tap into the goodies.