Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This Weekend in Charlottesville, February 5-7, 2010

Well folks it sure does not look good for wine tasting. We had to rebook our wine tours last weekend when we only got 8 inches or so. What happens is the main highways get cleared and plowed, but the wineries are like Arcady - we're almost all on secondary roads.

Here in Charlottesville we don't normally get this kind of weather, so there is not enough equipment to do the back roads which means we all have to wait until the storm is over and the plows reach us.

About the only ones that live close enough to their tasting rooms that they can walk over there to open would be King Family Vineyards and Blue Mountain Brewery. There are possibly more (Keswick - or Afton Mountain maybe?) but those are the only ones that come to mind right now.


If you look at this picture of the last big storm that's Chris walking Sasha right outside Arcady Vineyard B&B here - just out our front door - and while we are only 6.5 miles from town, oneof those miles is a secondary road. Looks more like my hometown in Switzerland than Charlottesville!

So, watch the news but from what I am hearing, we are possibly going to get 10 - 18 inches which will make wine tasting not possible.

If you are in the area on Thursday, Elinor at In Vino Veritas has moved her weekly (free!) tasting from Friday to Thursday because of the potential storm. She'll have wines from Argentina this week from 4:30 to 7:00pm unless the storm starts earlier than predicted. (It's supposed to start Friday morning)

You'll be tasting:

La Yunta Torrontes 2008 ( I love that grape!)
Terra Chardonnay 2008
Finca La Martina Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Duriguti Malbec 2007
Henry LaGarde Gnarda 2006 (Malbec, Cabernaet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah)
Terra Sparkling Malbec 2008 (this sounds interesting...)

In Vino Veritas is at 3015 Louisa Road, Keswick
Tel: 434-977-6366

Also on Friday (weather permitting, I imagine) Beer Run will have their Wine Tasting from 6pm to 8pm. Brycen downes of Virginia Distributing will be pouring Layer Cake Red Wines. Tastings are also free and you will receive $1 off bottles purchased from the tasting lineup.

Beer Run is at 156 Carlton Road, Suite 203 in Charlottesville's Belmont Area
Tel: 984-BEER

See you in the tasting rooms - after this big one!

Erika



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