Sunday, January 4, 2009

Tasting in the Shenandoah Valley

We had a nice adults-only Day Out yesterday. We went tasting in the Shenandoah Valley with some old friends. First we visited the Sobon Winery. Next to their tasting room they have an interesting museum of Shenandoah Valley history. The d'Agostini family immigrated from Italy in 1856 and started this winery. The Sobon family purchased it in 1989 and have since produced some impressive wines using sustainable farming practices in their carbon neutral facility.

Here we are: me, the Lord of the Manor, UF and JB.

After a little wine tasting we drove down to Plymouth for dinner at a restaurant called Taste. We had never eaten there, but they had and {WOW!} what a treat. It was fabulous! Their seasonal menu offered many temptations, but we started with mushroom cigars that were absolutely wonderful. But then I'm earthy and LOVE mushrooms and goat cheese. Then the girls had the Del Rio Arugula salad, LoM had Watermelon Radish salad, and UF had Roasted Cauliflower soup. For our entrees we had Pork Roulade, Rack of Lamb, and two unlisted specials; Beef Short Ribs and Hoki. Then the boys had desserts; Affogato di Gelato and Creme Brulee. And everything was perfect: the ambiance, the service, the food, and the company.

Here is my entree. Sorry about the lighting.

We had a delightful day out and we brought home this little souvenir to enjoy later here Amongst The Oaks.


Lorri said...

Sounds heavenly. I love winery's. We always make time to visit in the Hill Country of Texas. The land is filled with lavender and rosemary. We ride motorcycles there and you can smell it long before you can see it. The only downside to that is you can't carry much in the saddlebags!

tam said...

Sounds wonderful! And the photos were beautiful! Have a happy week!~Smiles~Tam!

Neabear said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful day! Isn't it so pretty with the hillsides green now? I love it when the California hillsides are green. Makes for pretty drives to and from work, church and whatnot right now.

Beverly said...

There is a lovely Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, too. It is also quite magical.