VIRGINIA WINE AT THE TIDES INN
LINDEN WINES, HARDSCRABBLE CHARDONNAY, 2009. Characterized with a focused and persistent palate, this Chardonnay has an apricot richness and a sappy green apple finish as well as aromas of crystalized ginger, kiwi, stone dust, lime zest and honeysuckle. This Virginia winery located on the top of the Blue Ridge calls the 2009 growing season “uncommonly lucky” because of an amazingly dry stretch during their harvests on September 21, 22 and October 5, 2009. The vineyard was spared by rain, making this Chardonnay, peaking now, a perfect addition to Chesapeake Club’s award-winning list.
Virginia Wine Trail
Virginia wine is unlike any other, with dozens of wine trails surrounded by lush scenery, breathtaking views, and quaint small towns. The Tides Inn location along the Virginia Wine Trail is the perfect way to experience these local artisanal wineries.
THE DOG AND OYSTER The Dog and Oyster is the closest winery to the Tides Inn. The name comes from one of Aesop's Fables and honors the rescue dogs who protect the grapes from deer and other animals; and, to honor the oyster, one of the region's greatest assets. Wines can be paired with oysters for an additional fee. Open Apr-Oct Daily 11am-5pm; Nov & Mar Thu-Monday 11am-5 pm; Dec-Feb Fri,Sat & Sunday 11am-5pm and Mon-Thursday available by appointment. 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington, 804.438.9463
GOOD LUCK CELLARS Seven years ago, the vineyard owners shared a vision of creating a community-based vineyard and winery out of a parcel of land that had been used for mining top soil, sand, and gravel. The earth remaining from the mine was perfect for cultivating grapevines. With the help of an amazing team of experts and the support of family and friends, they have planted 12 acres of vines and an impressive production facility for all of their estate-grown wines. Open Feb-Dec, Mondays and Thursdays 11am-5pm; Fridays 11am-8pm; Saturdays 11am-6m; Sundays 12 noon - 5pm. 1025 Good Luck Rd, Kilmarnock, 804.435.1416.
BELLE MOUNT VINEYARDS Enjoy handcrafted wines from vineyards overlooking Cat Point Creek. Open Mar 15-Dec 15, Wed-Saturday 11am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm. 2570 Newland Road, Warsaw, 804.333.4700.
GENERAL’S RIDGE VINEYARD Amenities include two large short-term rental homes with large porches overlooking the vineyard and “somewhere in time” tasting rooms. 1618 Weldons Drive, Hague, 804.493.0226.
THE HAGUE WINERY Fine wines in an historic setting along the Virginia Wine Trail. Open April 1-Nov 30, 11am-5pm daily; Dec-March, call first. 8268 Cople Highway, Hague, thehaguewinery.com, 804.472.5283.
INGLESIDE PLANTATION VINEYARDS Award-winning wines plus tours, tastings, museum, gift shop, picnic area and a river cruise. Open daily, 10am-5pm & Sunday noon-5pm (open until 6pm Memorial Day-Labor Day). 5872 Leedstown Road, Oak Grove, 804.224.8687.
OAK CREST VINEYARD AND WINERY Enjoy a wine tour in Virginia with flower gardens, picnic areas and “old world” atmosphere of the post-and-beam tasting room and gift shop. Open April 1-Dec 23, Wed-Sunday 10am-5pm. 8215 Oak Crest Drive, King George, 540.663.2813.
VAULT FIELD VINEYARDS Located on historic Vault Field Farm near Kinsale, with award-winning wines resulting from the marriage between an exceptional terroir and the latest techniques in viticulture. Open Feb-Dec Thurs, Fri & Saturday 11am-5pm &aamp; Sunday noon-5pm (summers noon-6pm) or by appointment. 2953 Kings Mill Road, Kinsale, 804.472.4430.