Daily Archives: September 6, 2013

Swirl, Smell, Sip

I’m a latecomer to many things, mostly trends, which I dislike. I prefer to discover things in my own good time and won’t be forced to do or accept something just because “everybody else” is doing it.

In my last post, I talked about houses and presidents, my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson’s beautiful home, Monticello. Well, along with my history fix, I also visited a winery for the very first time.

We visited Trump Winery,* on a very rainy afternoon, after touring President James Monroe’s home, and sampled a variety of delicious wines. For some reason, I expected pretension and snobbery; instead, it was a delightful way to spend an hour or two. I had no idea that Virginia had such a growing vineyard industry with over a dozen wineries in the Charlottesville area.


View from Trump Winery, Charlottesville, Virginia

I learned how wine is made, that American wines are named for the type of grape (sauvignon blanc) while European wines are named for the regions they’re grown (Bordeaux). I smelled, tasted, and savored varieties of white, red, sparkling–it can’t be called Champagne unless it comes from that region–rosé, and dessert wine.

Of course, being on vacation, I felt very relaxed and free in my pockets, but I greatly enjoyed the wine, the atmosphere, the demonstration, and the scenery. I bought five bottles and discovered that I prefer white wine to red–must be the summer girl in me as I always associate chilled white wine with happy summer memories.

The library has many books and DVDs on the history of wine, choosing, tasting, and even making wine for your enjoyment, as well as travel books on touring wineries around the world.

~Maria, who cannot tolerate more than one glass of wine, and then only with a meal

*No relation to Donald.

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