This weekend was jammed full! Over on the girls’ blog, we did manage to get a Blog the Change post up yesterday. Yesterday was also National Ice Cream Day, and after our first Bloop experience Saturday night, we celebrated by having Bloop for dinner last night.
I was a little shocked that the Knight was an instant fan, but I think the super-fresh, sweet strawberries won him over. Their blackberries are also some of the nicest I’ve ever had. Doesn’t hurt that there’s real Godiva chocolate in their chocolate variety either.
Anyway. About the title of this post… Saturday, we met up with the Knight’s brother and his family and the cousin who grew up next door and his wife at the Horton Vineyards Pig Roast. No pig visuals were involved… just ribs and pulled pork on the buffet.
Full disclosure… The Hortons are both friends and customers and we did receive VIP tickets, but this is my account of the event and their wines. We did pay full event prices for everything purchased.
We were the last of our party to arrive (and yes, the ones living the closest to the winery), and the Knight’s cousin is such a great guy… It wasn’t long before he slipped over to the nearest pouring table and came back with a chilled bottle of Niagra, one of my go-to favorites. (All wines mentioned in this post found HERE.) It’s a sweet, fruity white, but not a true FRUIT wine or a dessert wine per se.
After ribs, slaw, three-bean salad and more, we retreated to the cool comfort of the barrel room, where said cousin tasted reds. I don’t do reds because of a tannin allergy, so we moved on upstairs to the gift shop and tasting rooms, where a bottle of their very sweet Blanco XOCO (white wine with chocolate essence) was had after some tastings.
While I do keep Blanco XOCO, Niagra and others on hand, this time, I required their Sparkling Viognier. Those who know me “in real life” know I love me some bubbly, and being able to buy it from a friend makes it that much … happier.
One of the things we love best about the Hortons is their great sense of humor. The complementary wine glasses for the pig roast each year give you some insight into their personalities, but my favorite part of the shopping experience is reading the little tag lines or nicknames for each variety.
The sparkling viognier is Dom Virginion. Isn’t that a hoot?
I love that wine is STILL a growing Virginia enterprise. Local lore has it that Thomas Jefferson was the first to play vintner in these parts.
What did you do this weekend?