|From the Program for the|
3rd Annual Fauquier County Wine Tasting
|The Food in the Upper Ballroom|
Like last year, the venue is superb with two floors of the conference center devoted to the tastings. Coupled with two timed sessions, the crowd size is manageable and it was easy to visit the tables of each vendor and converse with the winemaker about their wines and experiences.
|Desert Rose Ranch & Winery|
Uncork the Cure
A nice selection of Fauquier County wineries and one cidery were represented. The wines showcased some of the best produced in Fauquier County.
The wineries and cidery competing in the competition this year:
Aspen Dale Winery at the Barns
Barrel Oak Winery
Blue Valley Vineyard
Chateau O'Brien Winery
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
Molon Lave Vineyards
Mountain Run Winery
Naked Mountain Vineyard
Philip Carter Winery
Vint Hill Craft Winery
One winery participated in the event, but did not have any wines in the competition:
Effingham Manor Winery
The exciting part of the day was voting for our favorite red and white wines.
|Limited Reserve Tannat|
2011 Vintage Pictured
The favorite red was the 2012 Limited Reserve Tannat from Chateau O'Brien. With a price point of $79, it is definitely not an everyday drinking wine. The wine was deep and dark. No light escaped. The layers of black fruit flavors rolled over the tongue with a silky texture and it had a nice long finish.
As we write this, we have been unable to determine which wines actually won the competition. Hopefully they will be posted to the Facebook page soon.
We highly recommend this event and will definitely plan on attending the 4th Annual event next year.
-- Bob and Chris Doan, Elkridge, MD