[confirmation]Experience level: N/A | Handle your liquor :)[/confirmation]
About the Trip
One of our favorite couples, Natalie and Mike, from our native state of Delaware came down to visit us over the weekend. (This is Natalie and Mike’s first debut on DayTripping Duo!) Dave and I did some research and thought that it would be great to take our guests to one of the local wineries. We traveled to Breaux Vineyards, located in Purcellville, Virginia. It is a 404-acre estate and this vineyard has received the prestigious award of “Best Winery in Virginia” for three years in a row. Shortly after arriving at Breaux, we tasted 13 varieties of wine. After our tasting, we purchased two of our favorite bottles of white wine (2009 Viognier and 2008 Barrel Select Chardonnay) and went outside to the picnic area to enjoy our purchases. While outside, we admired the rolling hills and the endless rows of vineyards. Dave and I also packed a picnic which consisted of sandwiches, chips, cheese, crackers, and grapes which we feasted on all while laughing and enjoying each others’ company.
After our day trip ended, we headed back home to change our attire, and headed out to the Arlington neighborhood of Courthouse, where we enjoyed some drinks at Kelly O’Shea’s Irish Pub before going to our dinner destination– Ray’s the Steaks for dinner. At Ray’s the Steaks, we ordered the following: A bottle of Grenache, the highly acclaimed “crab bisque”, Hanger Steak, Prime Dry-Aged Porterhouse, and the Prime Dry-Aged Chuck Eye. The meal included garlic and regular mashed potatoes as well as creamed spinach. For dessert we shared the White Chocolate Mousse with strawberries. The food was incredible. Needless to say, this has become our favorite steakhouse in Arlington, VA.
WHAT WE BROUGHT
- 1 Credit card
- Layered clothing
- Picnic food and snacks
- Bottled Water
The best part of the day was sitting at the tables and enjoying the scenery, the wine, and each others company. The wine tasting was also very educational and a lot of fun. At dinner, Dave, the server, and I could not believe that Natalie ate her entire 26-ounce Porterhouse steak!
LIVE AND LEARN
We called earlier in the day to reserve a tour of the vineyard, but no one answered the phone. Apparently, tours need to be booked well in advance. We definitely will make arrangements to go on a tour when we visit this beautiful vineyard again. Also, we really wanted to go into the tasting room for our tasting, but since it was a busy day and the vineyard was closing early to host a wedding, we scooped up some spots at the gift shop bar.
Show me the dough
Tasting fee for 4: $40.00
2 Bottles of wine: $55.00
Fuel and Toll Cost: $22.00
Miscellaneous Picnic Food: 15.00
(Evening excursion costs not included as that was not a day trip.)