Welcome back! Today I am finishing up our Loudoun Valentine’s getaway with day 2. Day 2 started with an amazing breakfast followed by four new wineries! If you have never been up to Loudoun County I highly recommend. The drive around the country side is so amazing. There are cute little towns all throughout where you can stop and antique shop or grab lunch.
Fabbioli Cellars – Fabbioli was such a treat! The fun part about this place is they have a small plate of bites to accompany the wine. First you take a sip of wine then taste the food. The purpose is to see what the wine tastes like alone and then paired with food. This is also a seated tasting which is nice and relaxing. Not only do they produce wine but they also have cider! The tasting room was beautiful and unique. I enjoyed their Petit Manseng and the Berry Good Friends which is their delicious strawberry wine.
Winery 32 – Winery 32 was not far from Fabbioli so the drive was quick. Their tasting room was beautiful with a gorgeous view overlooking a pond. I loved their bottle labels, all the art work is done by the owners daughter. Their Chambourcin Rose was my favorite! It was dry, light and crisp. Of course I had to buy some of the art work… 🙂
Roots 657 – We had been told to hit this spot for lunch and we were so glad we did! I got the pulled pork sandwich with mac&cheese. Zach got the brisket sandwich with fries; Zach said this was the best brisket he ever had in his life! Clearly the portions were huge and we had plenty of leftovers! This place is open and relaxed, you order at the counter and they bring the food out quickly. There is also a small grocery store to pick up all your winery picnic needs!
Doukenie Winery – All weekend we kept hearing about this place so I am glad we had it on the list! Again, the views around the winery were fantastic. Doukenie was named after the owners grandmother from Greece who played the mandolin. Their labels and wine glasses incorporate the mandolin. There were so many favorites here! I enjoyed their Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and their Dionysus which is Merlot that is aged 30 months in French Oak. It was nice and smooth, I picked up cherries and smoke.
Breaux Vineyards – This was our favorite of the whole trip! We had a wonderful tasting attendant who made our visit so fun. When you drive into the estate you are blown away by the shear size of the property, it is so grand. The inside is Cajun themed and takes you right to New Orleans. There were so many favorites at this place! I loved their Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, and their Equation which is their red table blend. When Breaux opened in 1998, they were the 50th Virginia winery… now there are nearly 300 in the state! We loved how they had hot food to order as well as cheese, meats and crackers. Another treat they had were an assortment of truffles, we definitely had a few 😉
West End Bar and Pub – We love this spot! This was our second time visiting and we loved our time here. We always like to sit at the bar and there was no wait 🙂 I ordered bubbles with the shrimp and grits. We shared tiramisu for dessert! The service here is always fantastic and the food never disappoints.
There you have it! The full weekend adventure! Our next big adventure is Disney World in April. I can’t wait to drink around the world in Epcot and share with you! Until next time, Cheers! Paige