One of the Virginia wine bloggers we know, Fred from This is Wine, was lending some support to Casanel Vineyards by pouring in their tasting room. We decided to go visit after church on Sunday.
Casanel Vineyards is a great winery to hang out at. We have visited several times and have always had great experiences.
Casanel, as many of you may know, is named for the couple that owns it, Casey and Nelson DeSouza. Their daughters, the somewhat famous (at least in Leesburg) "Casanel Girls" run the tasting room. Visiting Casanel is fun. The wines are nice. The family are both.
The rockstar wine at Casanel is the the late harvest Viognier named Dulce. It is named after Nelson's mother Dorcelina. Dorcelina was called "Dulce", which means sweet one in Portuguese. The wine won a gold medal from the 2011 VA Lover's Wine Classic competition. In our opinion, it deserved it. The wine tastes of butterscotch and toasted almonds and has a good solid finish. It has really improved with age.
We stayed a while at Casanel, drank some wine, talked with Fred, Allison and Fred's parents, and headed out with a bottle of Viognier and the Dulce. We plan to pour Dulce at our second Virginia Dessert Wine Throwdown in May.
Casanel Vineyards 17956 Canby Road, Leesburg, Virginia 20175