A Petit Influence of République française ala Prince Michel

 
 
   On our return trips to Charlottesville from Northern Virginia and D.C. we occasionally  pause to enjoy just one of the  many pleasures of living in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  A brief stop at Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery  for a glass of Symbius,  a deep ruby colored Meritage of Bordeaux varietals,  is my personal favorite.  As you approach the northern edge of the Monticello Wine Trail you can’t miss the  three steel wine goblet wind sculptures. Very contemporary in contrast  to the Jeffersonian architectural details of the winery itself.   The tasting room entrance is  flanked by  pergolas and white columns surrounding brick courtyards.
Wine Goblets at Prince Michel

 

 The expanse of the tasting room is a little cold and impersonal but this time we were greeted by the friendly smile of Patty Sevre.  Intrigued by her display of cut decanters and stemware we hovered over her as she cut custom designs for visitors while they toured the winery.   Patty’s family has been in the glass cutting business for fourteen generations.  Her family hails from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France (incidentally, where I first tasted wine as a child!) and is very  proud of  their incredible legacy in the art of glass works.  She had a career for forty years cutting glass for Tiffany & Co.

 Presently, she and her husband Kenneth Sevre work together blowing glass and are on site at Prince Michel on Thursdays!  Seizing the opportunity, we  selected a small glass to be cut personally for a Christmas gift for my Mom!  It is beautiful and I look forward to giving her such a special gift this Christmas!  Check out her website for more in-depth historical background and contact information.

Patty Sevre custom free hand design cut glass

 

Finishing our wine, we marvelled at the wine and dining accessories on display in the tasting room gift shop.  It is a great place to purchase personalized gifts for any wine lover in your family and we highly recommend it  for a Black Friday shopping stop where everything will be 20% off that day only!

  I had recently heard about the luxury suites available for rent at the vineyard.  Driving to the rear of the winery and up a curved drive you will find two homes each including two  one-bedroom suites decorated in the French provincial style featuring  a luxurious bath, romantic fireplace and galley kitchen.  The Suites at Prince Michel are  elegant and have private secluded garden patios with views of the mountains and vineyard.  According to the website, you can select one of four themes  from the blue and beige of the La Concorde, the green and gold of the Les Champs Elysees, the tailored elegance of La Tour Eiffel or the provincial charm of La Paris.  They are very affordably priced at 175.00  per night or 300 for two nights.  Weddings and events are welcome at Prince Michel and the location situated centrally between Charlottesville and Washington D.C., wonderful for a midway spot close to historic sites and the Blue Ridge Mountains.





 

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