We have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with family in Virginia this week! Over the weekend, Matt & I left the boys with Matt’s parents and did some sightseeing by ourselves in Williamsburg. We hit the Williamsburg Winery for a tour, tasting, and lunch which was definitely the highlight for me!
It was a gorgeous day, so we enjoyed our time strolling through the vineyard.
The architecture of the buildings is modeled after old Europe.
These worn doors caught my attention and affection. I love the worn patina.
And I would have loved to take a few of these empty barrels home with me! However the winery only sells their used barrels once a year for around $75 per barrel. Yikes. That seems a bit pricey for a planter.
But the worn stamped wood and smell of oak is definitely appealing.
Most of our tour took place in the wine cellar. Wine is kept best at 55* and 75% humidity. Pictured below are hundreds of barrels of wine aging until they are ready for bottling.
And this is a bad pic, but I’ll include it anyhow. This is the wine cellar where the “all-reserve” wine tasting takes place. A wine at this winery was defined as a “reserve” if it was aged in a new barrel for three years with hand picked grapes. Our tasting only included one reserve wine because they are much more expensive.
The tudor-style ballroom upstairs was rustic and lovely. I could just imagine all the gorgeous weddings that take place here!
Here is a flickr photo for you of the ballroom all weddingfied. Lovely!
The tasting was informative and fun. I always tend to prefer red wines over whites and this tasting was no exception.
Later, we drove down to Colonial Williamsburg for shopping and dinner. Below is a picture of The Cheese Shop with lots of people enjoying the local fare.
If I ever have a guest house, I would love to have it look something like this!
We ate dinner at a restaurant called The Trellis. I had the cornbread and crayfish stuffed trout and Matt had the salmon. It was delicious! For dessert we split a dessert called Death by Chocolate and I could only eat two bites before dying :). It was soooo rich. Matt ate the entire dessert and felt like death afterwards. It lived up to its name!
More irresistible architecture for you…
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