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WINE ED CLASSES eVERY WEEKEND
THIS WEEK 50% OFF WINE ED CLASSES
Use coupon code grad234 to get 50% off of any of our wine ed classes! We'll turn you into a certified wine snob! Get the code now - click on our class calendar to book any of our future classes on your favorite date.
- Wine Bootcamp
- Around Wine World in 80 Minutes
- Guess the $100 Bordeaux
- Pair Dessert & Wine
- Triple Threat - Cheese, Chocolate & Wine
- World of Malbecs
- The 15 Rules of Perfect Food & Wine Pairing
- Blending Wine
- South African Wines
- Home Winemaking
- Choco~Vino Challenge
SOLSTICE SALE JUNE 21-24
The longest day of the year happens on Thursday this year so we are stretching our Solstice sale out through the weekend. Buy 2 get 1 free of any Little Washington Winery wines. Mix and match. Our biggest sale of the year for the biggest day of the year - June 21-24 at the winery only.
JULY 1 - DIRT ROAD WINE CLUB VETTING TASTE-OFF
Help us judge 20 of the most incredible wines you'll never find without us. Two Focus Group sessions - 11am or 2pm 40 seats in each session. Pick your session and come play! Get seats →
JULY 14 - SECOND SATURDAY
It's Second Saturday - you know what that means, right? Second Saturday is the day we bring the 3 wines of the month out so that our Dirt Road Wine Club members can taste them and make their selections! Since they're out we all get to try them! Come taste crazy amazing wines!
Winestock Festival - A classier, smaller, better wine festival - wear your tye-dye T-shirts, flip flops, flowers in your hair, groovy live music - 3 concerts Noon-2 Robbie Limon, 2-4 Bottle Shock, 4-6 Josh Lowe, a food truck or two,Picnics are welcome, bring your concert chairs, kids under 14 come free ... Come play and relax in the mountains 60 miles west of DC. Tix are $18 online or $25 at the gate Get Tickets →
We're expecting ... We've been completely sold out of both of our whites for a while now so we are thrilled to announce two new releases! The 2017 vintage of Shenandoah Steel (naked) Chardonnay, named the #3 white wine in Virginia and Meet Virginia Viognier wines are about to come out and play! We're so excited to have you try them ... 2017 was a very good year in Virginia. Both of these wines are dry, dry, dry ... and oh, so refreshing for Summer!
Release Party June 30 and July 1 ... We'll have our new 2017 Shenandoah Steel (aka Naked) Chardonnay and our Meet Virginia Viognier out for tasting on June 30 & July 1 .... come taste!
Shenandoah Steel Chardonnay
Named the #3 white wine in Virginia, Shenandoah Steel (naked) Chardonnay is pure elegance in a bottle. Never touched by oak barrels, this wine is at the forefront of the trend for bright, crisp, refreshing wine that lets the fruit shine without oak influence. Pair this wine up with anything a chef would bring out with a lemon for a perfect pairing.
Meet Virginia Viognier
Honeysuckle, citrus blossom, gardenias and peaches ~ Garden meets orchard in a glass of Little Washington Winery's Virginia Viognier. This is one temperamental, highly sensitive, unpredictable grape. Treat her just right, and a seductive, exuberant, rich white wine, with powerful flavors of peach, apricot and mango comes through. Virginia Viognier is the perfect garden party playmate.
What To Do with Leftover Wine Strawberries and Pinot Noir Jam
Make this jam, quick, before strawberries go out of season.
- 4 1/2 cups crushed strawberries
- 1/2 cup dry Pinot Noir
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 (1.75 ounce) package powdered fruit pectin
- 7 cups white sugar
- 3 (1 pint) canning jars with lids and rings
- Combine strawberries, Pinot, lemon juice, and pectin in a stainless steel or tin pan; bring to boil. Stir sugar into strawberry mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until mixture returns to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Sterilize the jars and lids in boiling water for at least 5 minutes. Ladle jam into hot, sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of the top. Run a knife or thin spatula around the insides of the jars after they have been filled to remove any air bubbles. Wipe the rims of the jars with a moist paper towel to remove any food residue. Top with lids and screw on rings.
- Place a rack in the bottom of a large stockpot and fill halfway with water. Bring to a boil and lower jars into the boiling water using a holder. Leave a 2-inch space between the jars. Pour in more boiling water if necessary to bring the water level to at least 1 inch above the tops of the jars. Bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and process for 15 minutes.
- Remove the jars from the stockpot and place onto a cloth-covered or wood surface, several inches apart, until cool. Once cool, press the top of each lid with a finger, ensuring that the seal is tight (lid does not move up or down at all). Store in a cool, dark area.
GET WINERY NEWS
Stay when you come to play - Use coupon code FLIER to save 15% on your room at Skyline Vineyard Inn. The waterfalls & bears are out & about in Shenandoah National Park ... come play! Park museums, horseback riding, rock climbing, rafting, fishing, hikes to overlooks and waterfalls, oh, & the mile high blackberry ice cream pie! Check out our concierge page for things to do, eat, drink, shop, play in the area - 60 miles west of Washington DC. Skyline Vineyard Inn →
Blending wine is the funnest thing we do around here ...as most of you know we are obsessed with "George", our Bordeaux style blend that has been named the #1 red wine in Virginia. Blending is a wine makers masterpiece. Each grape varietal has something to offer to a world class wine. We combine the best attributes of each grape to achieve a wine that's better than the sum of its parts.
Get to know what each grape brings to the table and you'll be able to get perfect pairings:
Merlot - the chameleon in wine world, sitting in the middle of the red wine spectrum, Merlot is known for its softer finish and medium body.
Cabernet Franc - This juxtaposition of a wine brings forth fruity and savory flavors to create a wine that has slightly less tannins than the bolder reds and a smoother mouthwatering feel. It can provide useful softening to tame the tannins of a bold red.
Cabernet Sauvignon - brings intensity, power and weight to a wine. It’s a bigger, brooding, broad shouldered wine with more tannin intensity on the back end.
Syrah - In a world where bigger is better, Syrah is the ideal choice. It is responsible for some of the darkest full-bodied red wines in the world. When you taste Syrah you’ll be greeted with a punch of flavor that tapers off and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste. Because of its front-loaded style, Syrah is often blended with mild grapes to add mid-palate.
Petit Verdot - yes, it is petite ... but there is nothing petite about Petit Verdot except size. This grape is all about acid and tannin, added in small amounts to blend. Intense color, intense flavor, tons of ripe sweet flavors on the mid-palate but then on the back end, you have lots of structure.
Skyline Vineyard Inn - our onsite B&B, is a tiny hotel (5 suites) with a personal touch. We're all about having a more authentic connection with the area. Whether you're hiking, leaf-peeping, eloping, looking for an outdoor adventure, or just in the mood for pure silence ... Stay with Us ... we'll make your adventure happen in style! 65 Clark Lane, Washington Virginia. Check out the website here →
Wine Loves Chocolate - our in town tasting room, is half full of chocolate! We feature the most incredible wines you'll never find without us! We have set out to prove that wine does indeed go with chocolate ... if you do it right! Do the Choco~Vino Challenge - We take walk-ins! 353 Main Street, Washington Virginia.
Come play! Take A gorgeous drive through Virginia Wine Country. Bring the kids. Come on up the mountain & relax for awhile. We're exactly 60 miles west of the DC beltway at Alexandria and Arlington, 50 minutes from Loudoun County, Fairfax, McLean, Vienna, Falls Church and Charlottesville, 35 minutes from Gainesville and Haymarket, 20 minutes from Warrenton, Luray, Culpeper and Front Royal. Centrally located just a couple of minutes from all of our neighbors in Rappahannock.