April 5, 2010

A jug of wine, a loaf of bread*..

Posted in Present, The Happy, the pretty, The Round, The Where, The Why at 11:42 am by Dagny Taggart

Get yourself one of these, if you don’t have something similar already.

It’s the perfect size for a picnic for two, though you may (as I did ) opt to carry your bread separately, so the carby goodness does not get unnecessarily chilled in the tote’s main, insulated compartment.

You might also want to purchase a small, thin cutting board and a sharp knife that comes with a plastic guard or sheath.

Once you’ve done that?  Treat yourself to some of your favorite things at your local deli.  Place them in the tote with some ice packs, a few bottles of iced tea or lemon-flavored italian soda, perhaps some water.  Then…

Go here.  Search by area, by your favorite grape, or by which winery looks like it offers the best picnicking grounds.  Stay for a tasting – most are in the $10 range, depending on how many you choose to sample.  And when you’ve tried them all, pick up a bottle of your favorite, take it and your basket to the most picturesque part of the grounds, and revel in the gorgeous weather we’ve been having while you relax and partake.

I did this here, this weekend, and highly recommend the experience.  I’ll likely go back in June, when the Vin de Sol is ready – but I was quite content with both the Viognier we had with our meal, as well as with a few others we tasted.  While they do have a small selection of cheeses and charcuterie, you can definitely bring your own picnic and enjoy it at tables adjacent to the tasting room and the Chardonnay vines.

Give it a try!  But leave some of the Vin de Sol for me…

*Edward Fitzgerald



  1. Alias Faux said,

    Hmm, I think maybe you were in my neck of the woods this weekend. That’s right on 211, in between Warrenton and Sperryville, no?

  2. Alias Faux: None of what you just said sounded familiar. I took 66 out to 29S – the map says it’s not too far from Warrenton. I think it’s probably just under an hour from you? Definitely worth the trip.

  3. Lemon Gloria said,

    Lovely! What a perfect weekend for it! I’ve only done this once – the summer of 2007, with the Director. We had a really nice time. We went to some big vinyard that completely annoyed me, and then a couple smaller ones (the names, they escape) and bought wine and food and hung out in the sunshine. Lovely way to spend an afternoon.

  4. Alias Faux said,

    211 is off of 29 S.

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