Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wine Wednesday - Paradise Springs Winery

One of the benefits to living in the northern VA area is all of the wonderful local wineries that we have so close to us.  Unfortunately, we don't take advantage of these enough.  So when my friend Kathy called and wanted to meet me at Paradise Springs for Friday Happy Hour, I jumped on it!  

They have a huge beautiful, new facility with barrel room, tasting bar, tables and huge covered patio.  The place was pretty crowded, and only got fuller as the evening went on.  K and I did a tasting when I first arrived since I'd never been before.  Since they were so crowded, the tasting took forever - the poor girl behind the bar was by herself most of the time and was totally overwhelmed! 

They taste 8 different wines for $7 - 4 whites, a rose, and 3 reds.  My favorite was the Cabernet Franc, but it was a little too warm for me to want a glass of that to sit outside with! 

After the tasting, we decided to get a bottle of their sparkling wine, Apres, to share on the back patio.  As the most expensive wine on their list, it's $43.  Most of their others fall into the $20-30 range.  

It was delicious, and perfect for the 80+ Friday afternoon!

Every Friday they have 'happy hour' where they have live music on the back patio from 5pm-9pm.  The acoustic music this week was provided by Natalie York, and she was awesome.  

While the Apres, music, and atmosphere was all good, the highlight of happy hour was this little giggly bundle of adorableness - K's little girl, Caroline :) 

What a fun afternoon!  I always am reminded how lucky we are to have great wineries so close when I visit one - and can't wait to go back!


  1. We just moved down the street from there! We'll have to go check it out soon.

  2. There's nothing better than sitting on a wineries patio on a gorgeous day!