Two Saturdays ago, my boyfriend and I were discussing on what we should do for the day. Eventually, it led to us looking at the Virginia Wine map and deciding whether to go down to Charlottesville for the day or head westward towards Front Royal. Since we were looking for a different change of pace, we decided to make the drive west towards I-81 for leisurely drive. Before we left Fairfax, we decided on North Mountain Vineyard.
Upon arriving at North Mountain, we noticed there were a lot of cars in the lot which was interesting considering that the weather was gloomy. When we entered the tasting room, there was not a lot of room at the counter considering a large group was finishing their tasting. We found a spot and began tasting the wines. Initially, I was not impressed by the winery until we tasted the Oktoberfest and Mountain Sunset Apple Blush wines.
Oktoberfest is the wine that will complement any German dish, including my personal favorite, spaetzle. The wine had great fruity aromas with a sweet, crisp taste.
Mountain Sunset Apple Blush was a blend of apple wine and riesling. This wine was also sweet and crisp tasting, and it would complement any pork dish.
In the end, we bought both wines. North Mountain is nice, as you have great scenic views around and it is an oasis off I-81. Will I go back? Probably not at this point. If I do, it will be to purchase the Oktoberfest wine.