Washingtonian | May 19, 2017
The Best Virginia Day Trip for Wine Snobs
Start at: Linden Vineyards
Linden’s owner Jim Law is a local hero for his grape-growing know-how. His decades of trial and error—some of the vines that produce his signature Hardscrabble Chardonnay date to the 1980s—have led to major gains in wine quality in the region. When you arrive, put your name on the list for the popular reserve-cellar tasting at noon ($25), then queue up for a free 30-minute tour, which begins at 11:30 (weekends only). It covers the Hardscrabble vineyard and ends in the cellar with a discussion of winemaking technique. The reserve-cellar tasting gets you away from the tasting room’s hubbub and features some of Linden’s best, including single-vineyard wines and older vintages. Note that on weekends, Linden’s policies prohibit lingering after your tasting—grounds and facilities are reserved for wine-club members.