Local wineries, like local bands, require community support, a DIY work ethic, and a willingness to compete with the California Raisins. Take a guzzle of a local liquid with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a wine-and-fare pairing for two at Capitol Vineyards in Delaplane (a $40 value).
Surrounded by Red Oak Mountain's earthly undulations, Capitol Vineyards churns out homemade nectars on 16 acres of fermentation heaven, with all of its ambrosias made from 100 percent Virginia grapes. The two-person wine-and-fare pairing presents a scrumptious lineup of sweet nectars and savory eats in the newly renovated tasting room. The six wines presented with today's deal are extracted from the 2009 vintage collection and boast a lineup of bordeaux-flavored meritage, crisp white viognier, Cornell University breed traminette, oak-brewed carbernet sauvignon, peppery cabernet franc, and the rich-hued merlot. Past cuisine pairings have included crab cake or mozzarella with prosciutto and traminette, bacon-swaddled dates with cabernet sauvignon, and a cabernet franc with sausages shaped like wine glasses. Though the snacking session takes around 20 minutes to present, guests are encouraged to lounge about the antique digs during their leisurely imbibing, savoring each scrumptious bite and giving pep talks to barrels of soon-to-be-squished grapes.
Capitol Wines showcases an 1800s-built wine-tasting room that is newly renovated and keeps with the original structure and style. The space exudes an air of charm that permeates from the antique décor, original wooden bar, and spirit-drinking spirits who refuse to call it a night.
A 30-acre swath of lush, Red Oak Mountain terrain surrounds Capitol Vineyards' historic facilities, where owners Lauren Shrem and Matthew Noland forge an eclectic collection of French-style wines from Virginia grapes. With help from a resident French winemaker and vintners across the state, they press an array of vintages, dispensing the elixirs during events inside the facility's historic, rustic tasting room. Constructed as a post office in the 1800s and used as a general store in the early 1900s, the site still bears its original wooden bar, floors, and grizzled prospector.