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The new local business - and I'll support it! 
Aug. 13, 2011 4:23 am 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 1:40 pm
Earlier this summer hubby and I were on our annual Chincoteague Island vacation.  One night while sitting outside the camper waiting to see the first blink of the lighthouse for the evening our daughter texts me... "I heard there's a new winery that just opened up by our house". Apparently she caught a little blurb in the paper about new businesses and saw it was a winery.  Knowing how much I enjoy visiting them she knew I'd be interested.   The next night she sends a text... "Me & Jake (that's her hubby) are there! It's nice and wines are tasty!".

When we got home from our trip I called a friend and off we went to check it out.  This winery is less than 15 minutes from my house and is a truly neat place.  That makes me very happy!  It is a family run and owned business and is in an old farmhouse that this family put much work into.  They have 10 acres of grapes which they use to make their wines, as well as grapes from another family-run winery in North Carolina they own.  They supplement very little grapes from outside sources.

They have several reds and whites, and even a hard cider.  It is obvious they know what they are doing - I like all their wines; but their First Class is the best by far, if you like drier reds.  They only made one barrel of First Class and as of Thursday they had less than one case left.  Luckily they will be bottling another barrel soon. 

My first trip with my friend was meant to be a quick "let's have a glass of wine and check this place out".  Ha!  Four and a half hours later we were still sitting on their patio looking out over their vineyard. 

Second trip - we took our friends there to celebrate Federico's birthday.  The winery only offers small cheese/summer sausage plates and cheesecake so they allow picnics, etc. to be brought in.  I'll get to the cheesecake later.  For this birthday celebration we brought pizza and I made a carrot cake with cream cheese icing, a very extensive cheese & cracker platter with cheeses from Grandpa's Cheesebarn, and grapes and strawberries.  The eight of us spent several hours there.

My third trip was a totally unplanned visit.  Hubby's cousin (who we spend much time with) called last Saturday and said they would love to get together.  We had nothing going on then so they came over.  They live in the city and are wary when we say something is "close" to our house because we live rural and close to us is anything within 30-45 minutes.  They were very surprised that Barrel Run Crossing is only 15 minutes or less away.  We arrived at the winery and it was packed!  This was our first Saturday night visit and they have live local entertainment on Saturday's.  This night was one man with his guitar and he was very good.  We were lucky to have snagged an outside table on the patio.  We had eaten at our Mexican friend's restaurant so we were just tasting, then drinking a bottle of wine.  Well, when we discovered the entertainment we decided to also sample the cheesecake.  Oh WOW!  It is homemade and so rich and creamy!  And, to top it off there was fresh, local blueberries in a homemade blueberry sauce.  Fabulous! Hubby said it was "almost" as good as my cheesecake... haha! It would not hurt my feelings for him to be honest - it was far better than any cheesecake I've made; at least in my opinion.

This week I went back to work after my 7-1/2 week summer break.  It's always very hectic and a stressful time so I try to plan easy meals and even a night or two eating out that first week.  A friend from work, who is a "fellow wino" really wanted to check out the new local winery so we made plans for Thursday night.  Her and her daughter, me, hubby, and son met for pizza, wine and of course, cheesecake.  Once again the winery was quite packed and we were lucky to get an outside table.  My friend's daughter loved the place (she's a newly, budding wine lover) so we are meeting there again tonight.  I'm going to make<  and<  to take and we'll have cheesecake for dessert. 

I'm so glad to see they have been so busy - I hope it's a good sign and they're around for a while.  The idea of having such a nice place so nearby makes me very happy! 
Aug. 13, 2011 6:24 am
Sounds wonderful and only ten minutes away. What a wonderful thing to have so close and take guest to. Nothing better than a nice glass of wine with summer sausage and cheese. Sounds like it is in a nice country setting. When we take our fall RV trip to the mountains in North Carolina, we always visit the local wineries...but that is a long drive for
Aug. 13, 2011 7:53 am
Sherri - we have never been to NC wineries, but we go every year to VA to "stock up" on wines from the Charlottesville area. One of my favorite things to do is visit a winery and just sit outside and relax enjoying the views of the vineyard or whatever.
Aug. 13, 2011 8:52 am
Good morning Mother Ann, I too enjoy visiting wineries. It's so relaxing just sitting there sipping your favorite wine. I'm glad you are having fun with the "NEW" business in your area! Thanks for sharing!
Aug. 13, 2011 9:01 am
Good morning Candice. Thanks for stopping in.
Aug. 13, 2011 10:07 am
Sounds great! I am a lover of wine too but hubby does not care for it at all so I'm left alone to my own devices (which isn't all that bad some of the time!). Thanks for stopping by today :)
Aug. 13, 2011 10:10 am
It's not always bad if you have nobody to share that wine with! LOL
Aug. 13, 2011 6:37 pm
This sounds like an ideal place and I am glad to here of a local business thriving. I really hope it continues for them. Thanks for sharing with us.
Aug. 13, 2011 7:45 pm
15 minutes away. Did I read that right? Wow. I guess I could say I have a vineyard 0 minutes away but then that means I have to pick the grapes, make the wine, serve the wine and then cook food to go with it. Somehow that does not sound near as fun as the times you are describing just minutes from your house. Since your vacation is ending, how nice it sounds to have such a place close by!
Aug. 13, 2011 9:06 pm
I love my wine! Just had a nice Cab. with the hubby and a movie. We have heard that there are a few wineries in our state; I'm thinkin we're gonna check them out! Thanks for the blog!
Aug. 14, 2011 4:43 am
BN, Last night they were packed again. They may have to expand their hours. LOL
Aug. 14, 2011 4:45 am
Cat Hill, We planted a couple grapevines when we first moved into our house 25 yrs. ago. They didn't make it. I really wanted to have my own grapes to make jelly. Maybe I should try again, and try with a good grape for making wine instead!
Aug. 14, 2011 4:46 am
Terry, I read your blog on your evening. You really should check out a winery or two. I was never into the "bar scene" but wineries are so different. They are just relaxing, fun places to go - and they're all different.
Aug. 14, 2011 6:37 am
Hey Mother Ann, great blog ! When my eldest gets a little older to babysit without killing my other two little ones hopefully me and the hubby can start visiting our local wineries. We live right outside Lancaster, Pa and there are a couple of local wineries around us. Tamanend Winery near us makes a great honeysuckle wine, I myself am not a white wine drinker I prefer red but this white is a perfect drink for the summer nights. They are a eco-friendly winery so all of their wines are box wines. Comes in handy when no ones has a bottle opener!!! I sorry to hear you started back to work, school starts here in 2 more weeks. If you like cheesecake , I make one that the recipe comes from a Jersey diner!! It's in my recipe box under a "shore" Cheesecake, give it a whirl ! Hope everyone is doing well and hope you had fun at the winery again.
Aug. 14, 2011 8:45 am
Hi Dragonfly! I know what you mean about the sibling fighting thing! It was nice when mine grew out of that phase. We visited an eco-friendly winery in PA once, I don't remember their name, and they even made their own electricity with a windmill. It was a neat place and they had decent wine. But, their wines were in bottles so it's probably a different one. I'm going to go check out your shore cheesecake recipe right now! Too bad I just popped a pineapple upside down cake in the oven for tonight's dessert. Oh well - there are other days.... Our evening was a blast. My daughter & SIL came along, too.
Aug. 14, 2011 2:59 pm
We have Bacchus, Warner and St. Julian a half hour away. No ambience. We have to drive 2 1/2 hours to get to a nice spot such as yours. Make good use of it! If you want to count their off-campus restaurants, then we have a couple nice spots in Kalamazoo.I envy for that drive of only a few minutes.
Aug. 14, 2011 3:07 pm
Mike, I've been to the St. Julian's by Cabela's. Last time there we bought a bottle of their brandy - it's very good!
Aug. 14, 2011 11:54 pm
Mother Ann, what a great time! Brought a thought to mind... late 1970's... ex-wife and I went to Paw Paw MI to a winery... what a fun day we had! Brought back a case of some cheap wine they made... but we both liked it! "Raspberry d' Almond," perhaps? I stopped in mostly to say "happy belated!" Wish I was back at that #, but hey, who cares... Still cook? 100 will work in that case!
Aug. 15, 2011 12:00 am
Sorry, MA, misread the "month" on Terry's blog... my big "OOPS" of the day! Be well!
Aug. 15, 2011 7:44 am
Love wineries.... we usually can't stop at 1 bottle! :)
Aug. 15, 2011 12:53 pm
Stevie - glad I could bring back a good memory for you! Thanks for the b-day wishes - I'll save that thought till next month. :-)
Aug. 15, 2011 12:53 pm
Shanon - We rarely stop at one bottle either! Saturday we put away 3 bottles between 4 people.
Aug. 15, 2011 1:11 pm
Sounds like a great place to have the next Buckeye Roundup! I'll look it up and pass on the info since we live close (but not as close as you), and love supporting a "local" business.
Aug. 15, 2011 1:36 pm
LOL! Would you like to drive to MO to pick grapes? I have my grandfather's Concord grape and then when the DH said "let's" plant wine grapes, I did. I've made raisins out of the wine grapes and my grandfather's grape makes THE best jelly ever. I swear its jelly takes you right back to the fall when you picked them. The wine grapes, well, let's just say I've made more beer than wine. Sorry, I haven't forwarded those recipes for beer. I haven't forgotten just haven't done it. My bad but I was thinking you ought to head a wine tour in your area :)(:
Aug. 15, 2011 2:31 pm
Skuba - a winery for a round-up! Excellent idea! I know of a few wineries that are close to one another and one of them has a bed & breakfast and another has a great Italian restaurant! They are by Newcomerstown, Coshocton, that area. We've stayed at the B&B twice and are going back in Oct. for our 30th anniversary. It only has 4 rooms but I think there would be some hotels not too far away as well.....
Aug. 15, 2011 2:33 pm
Cat Hill - Don't worry about the beer recipes - we've never made a second batch anyways. I think we've found it to be easier to just go to our favorite wineries & breweries and get it already made.. Read my comment above to Skuba - I think a winery roundup could be an excellent idea....
Aug. 15, 2011 6:10 pm
Loved the blog Mother Ann. A winery roundup would be terrific! Let's see...the midwest roundup peeps could meet at Cat's and carpool to your house.....hmmmm... I've got to start saving for more AR trips next year:)
Aug. 15, 2011 6:46 pm
I agree someone else making it is better :) You are an easy 8 hours from me if not more but I think a winery roundup is an awesome idea!!!!!! What fun that could be!
Aug. 16, 2011 9:40 am
Mother Ann, love the blog. Anytime you'd like to mix in a little Civil Wat history, try Lake Anna Winery which is 10 miles as the crow flies from me; award winning wines and Totally Red is totally outstanding. Smack dab in themiddle of the state and rapidly growing in popularity. Several good ones in central VA. I'm trying to promote VA wines in our local grocery stores as opposed to the imports and CA wines. Stop by next time you're in the 'hood!!
Aug. 16, 2011 1:49 pm
Mangel - I think this could be a great idea! I'm not real good at putting things together, but if it could happen at a good time for me I'd be there! :-)
Aug. 16, 2011 1:50 pm
SouthernGma, I've never been to Lake Anna Winery, but Civil War history is very interesting. We go to Chincoteague and Charlottesville about every year. We might have to see how that could fit in our travel plans. I love VA wines - definitely some of my favs!
Aug. 19, 2011 9:48 am
Sounds great Mother Ann! Glad you have a great little place right up the road! We have a family winery less than 15 minutes away too, nice isn't it? But ours doesn't have cheesecake.... -=jealous=-
Aug. 22, 2011 1:40 pm
Lissa - the cheesecake is awesome - I feel lucky it's there.
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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