Along with live music, Aspen Dale Winery serves up wine paired with tasty morsels in a remodeled two-century-old barn.
The remodeled barn tasting room manages to be elegant, cozy and funky all at the same time. The big fireplace anchors and ties together the tasting venue.
Upstairs, in the converted hayloft, visitors will find additional seating that offers a few romantic alcoves containing over-stuffed couches and club chairs.
In warmer months, a pond with water trickling through fountains is the centerpiece of the backyard patio.
The views in every direction are relaxing and pastoral. Stone outbuildings, an old silo and gazebos dot the property.
Wine tastings come with a food pairing. Tiny tidbits include pheasant sausage, sage Darby cheese, white chocolate and other morsels. They are chosen for their ability to highlight the nuances of the wine selections.
Recently, the tasting lineup included Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Vidal Blanc and a Seyval-Chardonnay blend.
Families with children are welcome.
Dogs are welcome, but must remain on a leash.
Group tours must call for a reservation.
Light snacks are available.
From Washington, D.C. take 66 W to the Paris Delaplane Exit (Exit 23) and follow 17N three quarters of a mile. Turn left on 55W. Stay to your right for 2+ miles. Watch for stacked stone walls with an avenue of cherry trees on the left. The Winery is the second entrance on the left.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for writing the original draft.