This weekend we paid another visit to one of our newest favorite spots, Twin Oaks Tavern Winery. We had joined their club earlier this year (surprise!), so we had a few bottles to pick up and figured it would be a nice outing for the squad on this long weekend. Full disclosure, it’s ‘technically’ in Clarke County as it sits right on the ridge of the mountain on the left side of the road that separates Loudoun from Clarke, but we won’t hold that against them will we?
The first thing you notice about Twin Oaks is the setting. It is simply stunning. I mean beyond compare. The view is of the grape vines growing down the side of the mountain, and extends all the way into the valley in the distance. The buildings which include a tasting room, main house, and guest cottage, were built in the late 1800’s and served as a getaway where people escaping the heat from DC could retreat to enjoy the cooler temperatures on the top of the mountain. According to their website and conversations with the owner, Donna Evers, the buildings and grounds had been devastated by fire and left to ruin before they bought them in 1998, and they spent a year cleaning up and renovating the property and buildings. And they’ve been renovating and innovating ever since. Part of their renovations over the past few years were adding on the to the original tasting room and the addition of a
series of large and inviting decks that allow you to sit and enjoy the expansive views. The end product is a truly delightful setting with plenty of room to simply sit and enjoy the day.
On to the wine! The first vines went into the ground in 1999, and they hit the ground running. Today they have a nice selection of whites, reds, and a few specialty wines that you won’t find anywhere else. On our initial visit I was drawn to the reds, which won’t come as a surprise, but what may is that I’ve also grown pretty fond of the Vidal Blanc and enjoyed a glass on the deck yesterday. I’m honestly a huge fan of all the reds, but the Cabernet Sauvignon and Raven Rocks Red are two favorites that I’d happily drink any day.
For those that are wondering their entire lineup right now is three whites, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, and White Nights (Chardonnay/Riesling blend); three reds, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, and Raven Rocks Red (Bordeaux style blend); and two specialty wines, Raspberry Wine and Peach Wine. They also serve mulled wine in the winter, and two wine slushes in the summer, lemon-lime and spice wine. The raspberry was in our pickup yesterday so I tried a tasting of it and it was amazing! It’s chilling in the fridge right now waiting for me to drink it on a nice hot day. Let’s be real, it’ll be today.
Twin Oaks also serves a nice selection of cheeses and meats to accompany your wines while you sit on the beautiful deck or in their warm and inviting tasting room. If you’re looking for something a little heartier they have a nice lite fare menu to choose from. Their wine club is a little different from others, in that it’s pick up one bottle per month instead of the usual system of picking up three per quarter. I think they are trying to trick me into coming every month and enjoying the beautiful views while I drink my bottle, and it worked! We’ve been members there since early this year, and the Raspberry wine is the only Twin Oaks pickup that ever made it home with me, all the others have been consumed right there on that fabulous deck. Of course the club comes with discounts and such, which we also make good use of….gotta have snacks!
If you haven’t been to Twin Oaks, do it soon. The setting is spectacular (have I made that point yet?), the people are warm and welcoming, and the wines are delicious. All in all, Twin Oaks is simply one of the best places to spend a nice afternoon with family, friends, or even all by yourself if you simply need to reconnect with your thoughts or nature. You won’t find a more beautiful setting.