We ventured out of the city a few months ago to visit some Virginia wineries! It is one of our favorite things to do when we want to take a quick day trip out of the city. On this trip we went to Stone Tower Winery, which is known for its beautiful outdoor spaces and sprawling scenery.
Stone Tower Winery is absolutely stunning! There are multiple places to sample wines, but Dan and I opted for the “adult only” area – since we are trolls and prefer a bit more quiet. Despite wine tasting having a reputation for being an adult activity, there were plenty of children running around and enjoying the day with their parents. And lots of dogs!
We didn’t take a tour and instead headed straight for the tasting room. It was $15 to sample a bunch of wines on the menu. Our bartender was really nice and let us sample a few extra things that were not on the tasting menu.
Sampling different wines is one of my absolute favorite things to do! I know a bit about wine because I was fortunate enough to take a basic wine class in college. It was only for seniors and we had to SCRAMBLE to get in before the class filled up! We learned the basics of each grape, some wine regions of the world, how to smell and taste wine properly, and how wine is made. At the end of each class we got to taste some wines. Imagine a bunch off college seniors on a Tuesday night after wine class – HAHA! We had so much fun though and I really did learn a lot.
I’m not a wine snob by any means, but Stone Tower wines weren’t exactly for me. Or maybe they didn’t have what I was looking for on the particular day we went. I still had fun tasting the wines and enjoying the gorgeous grounds.
A huge debate with wine tasting is – to swallow or not to swallow? I typically swallow if I like the way the wine tastes, but I don’t like to spit. If I don’t like the wine, then I swallow the sip, then pour the rest of the glass in the provided discard bucket.
After our tasting, Dan and I decided to get some munchies in the winery store and shared a glass of red wine on the terrace overlooking a beautiful valley with some grape vines in the distance.
One of my favorite parts about Stone Tower was the field of cows when you pull up to the entrance. I lose my shit when I see animals. Maybe it’s just me.
My tips for going wine tasting:
- Eat protein before you go! Otherwise you might get too drunk and feel sick.
- Hydrate the night before and bring a water bottle. Wine has a way of sucking all the water out of you.
- Take a sip of water between each wine to cleanse your palette. It is best to start fresh.
- Stay for some snacks and enjoy. Wineries aren’t just about the wine. They are great places to recharge, enjoy some beautiful scenery, and connect with your loved ones.
- Plan ahead a little bit. Find out what is near the winery, and stop for brunch, coffee, or antiquing before. That way, it turns into a little exploratory getaway. We stopped in Leesburg, VA before visiting Stone Tower and it was so cute and fun to see!
Linkup squad: Since I am going to France until August 28th, Sarah and I decided to take a brief hiatus from the linkup. We will be back on Monday September 4!
My favorite from last week was Sierra from Beautifully Candid! Her off the shoulder dress is so beautiful and easy breezy!
Make sure you check out Trendy & Tidy for Sarah’s favorite this week. And don’t forget that we will be back with the linkup when I return from my trip!