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Daniel Vineyards’ Annual Spring Wine Festival

wine glassIt’s been a little while since I’ve posted an event, but the sad truth is that I don’t get out as much as I’d like (haha). Well, the other weekend I left the kiddo at home with the hubby and high tailed it on over to the Daniel Vineyards‘ Annual Spring Wine Festival.

It had been several years since I last made it to the festival, and it was just as good as I remembered (if not better). The best part was that the rain held off and it was a glorious day. The supposedly gloomy forecast didn’t seem to scare off too many event goers either since the place was buzzing with people and festivities were in full swing. Folks lined up to sample a wide selection of wine from some of West Virginia’s finest vineyards. The lines were long, but moved swiftly and were well worth the wait once it was your turn to hold out your glass.

Music filled the air, amplifying the festive atmosphere. Talented performers such as Lady D, Krista Hughes, and RiverChase provided fantastic tunes and entertainment. Those gathered to watch and listen also sang along, danced, cheered, and thoroughly enjoyed themselves while immersed in the music. It doesn’t get much better than good music accompanied by good wine.

Yummy food was served by a variety of popular local restaurants.  Favorites like Dobra Zupas, Padrino’s, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, A&J Catering, and The Bake Shoppe dished out delicious entrées and desserts. You could take your pick between them or sample some of each. I went with the latter, as I like to explore my options when it comes to so many tasty choices.

There were also plenty of vendors selling both fun items as well as food stuffs. You could pretty much stock up for your next party right there; bringing home wine, snacks, home decorations, and even tiki torches made from wine bottles. One of the vendors sold stunning elephant weed baskets made by women in Africa. I fell in love and had to bring one home. It is now sitting by my desk and I have designated it my “stress less basket”- containing things like my watercolors, journal, coloring book, etc. (I also thought it was a fitting reminder to gain perspective.)

So yes; I had myself a good ‘ol time! What a fantastic way to spend an afternoon: great wine, good tunes, and tasty food. I also came home with three bottles of wine (so I could get the discount of course) and a beautiful basket. I’ll be going again next year!

 

PS:

For those interested, I’ve included a list of some of my favorite wines, which I believe can also be purchased at Tamarack and some local grocery stores.

Daniel Vineyards ~ Blackberry

West-Whitehill Winery ~ Classic Currant

West-Whitehill Winery ~ Regal Cherry

West-Whitehill Winery ~ Raspberry Royale

Forks of Cheat Winery ~ Van Buren

Heston Farm Winery ~ Barry Sweet Blackberry

Stone Road Vineyard ~ Road Flare Red

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