Loudoun, DC’s Wine Country: Clusters of Divine Wine and Dine!

Bon Appetit from Loudoun County

 Charlottesville  UnCorked is taking a detour to the North! 

 I was recently  invited to a most elegant and delightful dining experience hosted by Visit Loudoun! I have been enticed to venture back to  Virginia’s horse country,  drive the Snickersville Turnpike and revisit the charming historic town of Middleburg.  Emerging as a weekend destination for tourists and Virginians, Loudon County,  trademarked as DC’s Wine Country, is only 25 miles from Washington, D.C. and actively promoting their culinary and historic assets. The wine trail in Loudoun is divided into five geographic “clusters” for scenic and strategic driving experiences to clusters of wineries and vineyards.

It was my good fortune to be included at a dinner at the historic Bolling Haxall House in downtown Richmond for an evening of fine dining paired with some of Loudoun’s  finest wines!   The focus of the event was to garnish interest in Loudoun County for weddings, conferences and tourism by highlighting some of their  award-winning cuisine and wines offered in the heart of  The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.  

 I was greeted by Jeremy Harvey, VP of Destination Marketing, Visit Loudoun and Jacqueline Toppings, Director of Public and Industry Relations. They immediately made me feel welcome and introduced me around while delicious hand crafted hors d’oeuvres were circulated and Chrysalis WineryBoxwood Winery and Breaux Vineyards wines were served. Heavenly! Jennifer Ritter, Director of Sales invited me to dine at their table and the combination of personalities with her hostess skills transformed it into  the best table in the room!  The renowned French Chef  William Walden of the Goodstone Inn and Estate  was introduced and subsequently presented a fabulous meal of fresh,artistic, locally sourced cuisine.

Enter to Win  Follow Your Heart to Virginia Sweepstakes and a stay at the Goodstone Inn & Estate!

Really Enjoying the Fruits of Loudoun!

 Each course was described in detail by Chef Walden followed by a “Bon appetit!” and toast as the plates were served.  The menu’s first course was an ever so velvety braised leek, garden potato with sherry  vichyssoise served with petite homemade rolls;  it paired very well with the Chrysalis 2009 Viognier. The  Viognier  had  melon and cantaloupe  flavors,  and aged in neutral oak barrels for a creamy texture.  The winter greens salad of roasted beets, spiced pecans and champagne vinaigrette had been  delicately enhanced with edible flowers, a delicious work of art. The salad was so exquisite that it unfortunately overshadowed  the Chrysalis 2009  Albarino.  When I get a chance  I will have to try it again.

Gorgeous!
The third course actually elicited an “Oh my Gosh!” from more than one of us. How anything so small can have that much flavor was an accomplishment in itself.  Home grown raspberries from the Goodstone Estate were used in the Raspberry Sorbet with Chambord served in a chilled porcelain cup.
Raspberry Sorbet
The Domestic Rack of Lamb, an award winning specialty of Chef Walden followed and was absolutely mouth watering and beautifully plated. The Boxwood Winery 2008 Topiary, selected to accompany the main course  was not only perfect, but my favorite wine selection of the evening!  A garnet red  blend of Cabernet Franc with Merlot and Malbec grapes.
I would definitely buy this wine!
The fifth and final course was a  feathery light chocolate souffle served with an  individual pitcher of warm chocolate sauce. This confection  capped off a perfectly grand evening. I wish I had taken more photographs, but honestly, if you were served this meal, wouldn’t you just want to enjoy it?  Well, I certainly DID!
I think whether you live in Charlottesville, our own tourist destination, or other areas of Virginia,  Loudoun County has a wealth of wining, dining and historic spots worthy of a weekend getaway and more! As they say in Loudoun County, Take It In!
Thank You Loudoun County Tourism for a sample of what Loudoun has to offer!
I plan on another post about additional features and links if you are planning a trip to DC’s Wine Country, look for it in the future..

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