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Winds and Wine at Tarara

On Saturday, we headed out to the Winds and Wine festival at Tarara Winery outside Leesburg. It's such a gorgeous setting for a festival, and Saturday was a beautiful day. (The "winds" portion refers to kite flying, and truth be told, we only saw one or two in the sky...)

The winery just released the most recent vintage of their Viognier, and while standing in the wine sales line to buy a bottle to enjoy there, I couldn't help but notice that it seemed to be the most popular seller that day. I asked the rep working the register what was flying off the shelves at the festival, and he concurred that it was, in fact, the Viognier. Tarara's most recent offering has a bit of a spicy quality, along with some full-bodied honeysuckle and orange blossom notes. At $30 a bottle, it is a bit pricey compared to other VA Viogniers (or those from France, for that matter...) but it was very pleasant to sip on a warm spring Saturday afternoon.

After a wagon ride around the vineyard, we did the reserve tasting, and then met and chatted with Tarara's head winemaker, Jordan Harris. Born in Ontario, Harris had a hand at creating some of Canada's best wines before moving to Virginia. In talking to him, I can tell that he's influenced by French notions of terroir and quality. He seems excited by the winery's Meritage offerings, and is looking forward to new challenges, including growing and producing Uruguay's signature varietal, Tannat.

For more info on Tarara Winery and other upcoming festivals this summer, check out their website.