Easton, Md., October 21, 2011 — If you need some time away from “real life” and you love all things wine, then consider a wine weekend to Loudoun County, Virginia just beyond the Washington DC beltway.
There is no better time than now since October is Virginia wine month. On Saturday 10/22 Paradise Springs Winery will have a Pumpkin Carving Contest, Doukénie Winery will have a harvest festival and at Lansdowne Resort you can end the day with a farm to table dinner featuring the wines of Sunset Hills. These are just to name a few of the great Virginia wine month activities left to do.
There are about 30 wineries in Loudoun County that are organized in to clusters to make touring simpler. Each cluster has four to five wineries that are in close proximity to each other. Clusters include Loudoun Heights, Waterford, Potomac, Mosby and Harmony. Information on each cluster, the wineries and more information about wine touring in Loudoun County can be found on the Visit Loudoun website.
Maximize your weekend by booking a Wine Weekend packages at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. Now through the end of November they are offering two packages that will not only save you money but also make planning your wine visits a breeze.
The first package, the Loudoun Fine Wine Tour starts at $229 per night and includes your room, buffet breakfast, entry to two winery tastings for 2, a $25 credit to use at the tasting room of your choice and 50-percent off any bottle of Loudoun Wine when you purchase dinner. This is a great value if you like to tour at your own pace.
If you are looking for an experience that is first class you might consider the Shared Wines & Treasured Times package that starts at $799 per night. This package takes care of your every need for the weekend including your overnight accommodations, visits to up to three wineries with a private car, dinner for two in the On the Potomac restaurant, buffet breakfast, valet parking and the ability to check-in early. Not only will you feel like a true VIP but saves you money too.
Lansdowne Resort is a AAA Four Start Diamond resort with 296 rooms and 14 suites. The property has a 45 hole championship golf course, a world class spa and conference facilities. On site dining offers many options including the On the Potomac restaurant, which features artisan local produce and seasonally driven modern American cuisine from Executive Chef Wes Rosati. For the farm to table dinner Chef Rosati’s has a new take on pot pie called “cottage pie” features locally sourced lamb and vegetables. He also includes a house smoked and brined turkey to start complete with a spooky pumpkin. On the Potomac also has an extensive wine list and a special section that features the best of what Loudoun County has to offer and a section with 30 wines for $30 for value conscious diners.
Whether you self-drive or have a driver the wineries are easy to find and each had special activities going on in addition to the basic tastings. The staff at Lansdowne can make your appointments for you at each winery and suggest an efficient route.
Here’s a sample of the wineries Loudon County has to offer:
Doukénie Winery whose winemaker Sébastien Marquet hails from Burgundy, France. His is passion making reds and he’s known for an excellent Cabernet Franc. The winery is named after owner Hope Bazaco’s mother who emigrated from Greece to America in 1919 with the mandolin that is now the Doukénie emblem on each bottle.
Corcoran Vineyards where winemaker Lori Corcoran makes wines in many styles from bone dry Viognier to fun and sweet Raspberry Wine. Her husband Jim Corcoran has recently added a brewery to the property,. Try his Padawan Pumpkin Ale that really tastes like Pumpkin.
Sunset Hills Vineyard has beautiful grounds and often live music. The winery is housed in an antique barn that was rebuilt with the help of a team of Amish brothers from Lancaster. Sunset Hills makes a nice Reserve Cabernet Franc and a wonderful unoaked Chardonnay that without barrel aging is a refreshing change from its smoky, buttery counterparts—it’s a must try.
Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach®, is a wine educator, author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point and host of a weekly radio show by the same name on WBAL 1090AM. Her specialty is delivering wine edu-tainment for corporate events, group tastings and team-building seminars. She is also a sought after guest expert on radio shows across the country, including Martha Stewart Radio. You can reach her on twitter @thewinecoach or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/winecoach.
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