When we went inside we were told that the winery now opens at 12:00 PM, at least on Sunday. We were the only customers present,but staff seemed plentiful. La Grange has two tastings, a "classic" tasting and a "reserve" tasting, both $10 each. We chose the classic as it has more whites than the reserve. We tried nine Virginia wines including a 2010 Viognier ($25), two vintages of Cuvee Blanc 2011-$20, 2012-$22), 2010 Cabernet Franc ($26), 2011 Merlot ($23), 2011 Meritage ($28) and 2010 Tannat ($29). Our favorite was the dry 2011 Cuvee Blanc. This wine had a pronounced Traminette taste, but this blend tamed the rose flavor and aroma into a refreshing white blend.
Our pourer for the day was very enthusiastic about their new wine club, and spent more time talking about it than the wines he was pouring. We felt it was an oversell. The wines are fine, just wish they would leave the wine club sales job for the end of the visit. We did learn that La Grange is making special wines that will only be available to club members, including some VA/CA blends... wondering why?
4970 Antioch Road
Haymarket, Virginia 20169
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Broad Run, VA 20137