People like tracing the history of what they're about to ingest, as evidenced by the farm-to-table craze, or the spread of open kitchens, when every other business is getting closed. See how the sausage is made (well really, the wine), at Paradise Spring Winery's new digs.
Fairfax County's only winery is just now opening their brand new, tour-able 12,000sqft facility, with a massive covered deck/patio boasting a stone fireplace, and a huge new tasting room lined w/ knotty pine & granite, wine barrel tables, and a view of the glass-encased barrel aging room, plus an original portrait of Thomas Jefferson, "The Father of American Wine" -- so yes, he apparently also had illegitimate sex with grapes. The tour starts out in the vineyard with remarks on the growing process, and then it's on to the "crush pad", where (during harvest) you'll view stem removal and juice pressing before hitting the new tank room for a fermentation rundown, and then enjoying a penultimate stop upstairs in the temp-controlled barrel room for a bit about aging, or what Ray Romano calls "pretty much my entire show". The final attraction's the aforementioned tasting room (or, you can just go straight there, you lush), where $7 gets you an eight-glass flight with varietals like their '09 Viognier (aged eight months in French oak for notes of honeysuckle), a Virginia Governor's Cup-winning Chardonnay, and a Petit Manseng with flavors of orange, tangerine, and "a hint of peach", or what Ray Romano calls "the time I sit my son down to impart life lessons on shaving and growing up".
To keep the party daintily sipping, they'll also be bringing in live music on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as importing entertainment from community artists like painters and a glass blower -- something else you may be surprised to find out in the open.
Published: April 28, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, VA 20124
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