Gretchen's birthday and Valentine's Day call for celebration so we outlined a plan for the weekend; check out that new winery in Amherst, Tom cook a birthday dinner and go to Delfosse Winery for the French Crepes event.
Recently, we asked Norman and Jinx if they had been at Ankida Ridge Vineyards and since they had not, we called to see if they wanted to go and check it out. Yes, was their answer so we picked them up and headed west on Route 60 toward the mountains. Turning right at Ogden's Store, we soon were on a winding dirt road climbing, climbing up the mountain as the road narrowed, climbing to the gate of the vineyard's "hundred acre wood" (our guess), and finally climbing to the tasting room. I will not go into detail of the Prius struggling to climb again to view the vines located at 1800' in "Virginia's Little Burgundy!"
The view from the tasting room is spectacular, looking east toward Tobacco Row Mountain. The wines were decent and probably will become better as the vineyard matures and winemaker hones his craft. We all decided the vineyard would be a great place to come in the spring with friends and a picnic lunch to enjoy the view and a bottle on the deck! What does Ankida mean? It is a Sumerian word meaning where heaven and earth join. Thanks Norman and Jinx for supplying the wine today. That was a kind gesture to celebrate Gretchen's birthday and we appreciate your generosity!
What's on the menu for Gretchen's birthday dinner; filet mignon with cabernet sauce, roasted brussels sprouts and potato puree. The cabernet sauce was divine!
|Happy birthday Gretchen!|
A new Valentine's tradition began today. The French Crepes event at Delfosse Winery was wonderful. As the photo below shows, the place was packed. The crepes were wonderful, the reserve chardonnay was delightful and we will be back next year. Anyone want to come with us?
|Happy Valentine's Day!|