This isn’t about gambling per se. Well maybe when it comes to time. It’s the excitement of arriving at a place minutes before it closes. It’s about getting down to the wire and and making it all work out at the eleventh hour.
After my previous two (1, 2) stops, I realized that if I picked up the pace, I’d make closing time by about 30 minutes. I don’t regret my decision but like the preceding winery, I wish I had more time to appreciate this experience.
I didn’t want to be that guy. And I hope I wasn’t but when I finally arrived I noticed the staff was starting to clean up and go home for the day. I’ve never wanted to show up at a restaurant right before the kitchen closes or a bar right after last call, but I felt it.
Whether or not my fears were unwarranted is another story but I made it clear I was going to buy a bottle after this rapid-fire tasting. That’s exactly what I did. You see there’s a principle with this. To show gratitude for sampling wines for free, it only makes sense to purchase at least one bottle for the road.
Sadly, the conversations about what each wine poured and what the grapes offered respectively was accelerated. With that I was unable to fully appreciate what I was tasting. So it’s not fair to judge these wines on this visit alone. It’s not as if I was chugging then going on to the next. But I can sometimes be my worst enemy when it comes to time management. There is no rush in life but my rationale is that I’m rarely here and I’m trying to makes as many discoveries as I can in the self-imposed timeline I’ve given myself. There it is.
I won’t go over every wine but I did pick an old favorite to take home. As you can see my one-track mind led me to taste only reds. And the Rattlehead Red is their Chambourcin that tasted solid at that moment, but I think it will age phenomenally with time. If not, it will work just wine with a simple dish like pizza and pasta, as they suggest.
Funny how numerology works here. The number seven and all. It could be reading too much into signs or maybe there’s more.
The real luck came from the staff who was kind enough to allow me to take pictures for my review. I’m grateful all three wineries allowed me the freedom to do so.
Before I departed I met co-owner Mary Ann (her husband is the winemaker) who could not be more friendly. She without saying so basically said my fears I referenced to earlier were unwarranted. She is proud of her winery and they’re grateful for their customers locally and farther away like myself.
The vibe was such that going with friends would have heightened this experience. But maybe my indoctrination process meant going at it alone. I promised Mary Ann I’d be back and hopefully would have some friends with me. They have some fun events coming up which I would love to partake in.
If you’re interested in purchasing their wines, go here.
And here’s a friendly wine primer.
I’ll leave you with a collage of some photos I took. Enjoy and enjoy! That’s sometime I will be reminding myself to do as well.