Each of these 50 united states makes wine, and I’ve tasted examples from maybe 15 of them. Some OK, some not so OK. But I was pleasantly surprised to sample some wine from Virginia recently, and I’d like to commend it to you and also suggest that Virginia wine country can make for an interesting trip.
I remember when a couple of wineries in Virginia were just beginning to turn grapes into wine a few decades ago. But while doing a radio show recently from the lovely Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, I learned how rapidly the local wine industry has matured.
I stopped by perhaps the most modern and striking winery in the state, the Boxwood Winery (pictured) in Middleburg. Unusually, Boxwood grows all its own grapes and turns out a rose and three red wines using the traditional grapes of Bordeaux; I took home the just-released, 2012 “Boxwood” that I found luscious. The winery is very visitor friendly as is nearby Greenhill Winery that makes a robust Meritage blend called “Philosophy” that would show well against a Bordeaux.
Tomorrow: More about visiting this gorgeous, hilly country in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that ought to be on your bucket list.