The Chardonnay at Pollak Vineyards tasted of crème brulée and fig. Or was that the Viognier?

After our fourth Virginia Charlottesville-Piedmont region winery of the day, my notes were just a wee bit wine-spotted. The Chardonnays and Viogniers were beginning to swim together.

After a total of six wineries in two days, we learned three important lessons about Virginia wines: 1. They are NOT California wines and do not try to be; 2. The beauty of their setting is equally intoxicating; 3. The region’s gourmet inclination is deeply steeped in local heritage.

Thomas Jefferson himself uncorked the story of Virginia wine and food obsession, and so there we began our foray into grapes and grub.