One of my favorite places to visit (as detailed in previous posts) is the DMV – and no, again, I do not mean the Department of Motor Vehicles. I wish that upon no one. What I do mean is the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. One of my best friends and college roommate, Kelsey, lives in Maryland with her fiancé. The travel from New York to D.C. isn’t too painful either, so it definitely makes it a worthwhile trip.

This time around, Kelsey brought me to The Winery at Bull Run – a self-proclaimed “working farm vineyard focused on crafting fine Virginia wines while paying tribute to the history and preservation of 19th century pastoral Fairfax County.” Although it was only about 40 minutes from Kelsey’s apartment, it felt like we had stepped out of modern day and into a history book. Now if you know me but at all, you know that I’m not a big history buff – but when wine is involved, sign me up.

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Welcome to the winery!
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I sure will enjoy Virginia wines, thank you very much.
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So rustic. So farm.
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The main tasting area and wine menu
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Time for a tasting!

One of the coolest parts of the winery is the wine tasting – it was only $15.00 each and we got to try four whites and three reds, and got a free Bull Run wine glass. The whites we tried consisted of a 2017 Stainless Steel Chardonnay, a 2017 Pinot Gris, a 2017 Petit Manseng,  and a 2017 Delaney, while the reds were a 2016 Cabernet Franc, a 2016 Meritage, and a 2016 Norton Reserve. All the whites were aged in stainless steel, while the reds were aged in American Oak.

I wish I could tell you which wines were my favorites, but in truth I hadn’t eaten yet that day and after my first taste I was admittedly pretty tipsy. They all tasted amazing, despite the fact that I don’t typically like red wine (potentially because I’d never had it chilled).

I would like to say that I learned a lot, but in truth I only really came away with the knowledge that I was very hungry and more drunk than I should have been. I’m sure Kelsey retained more than I did, having some previous knowledge to go off of and also having drank a bit less than me.

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All smiles post-wine-tasting.
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You know we needed a picture with the vineyards in the background…
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Soft smiles!
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We got to keep these!
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Here we observe the young Kelsey in her natural environment.
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And 12 seconds after this photo, it started to rain.
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The winery lies on 225 acres of land adjacent to Manassas National Battlefield Park.
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Just us and the vineyard! In the rain!
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Picnic benches where you can sip your wine and enjoy the historic surroundings.
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The wine tasting area (left) and main patio/tasting room (right).
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The inside of the main tasting area – you know I love the string lights.
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The barrel room, home to oak barrel aged red wines and stainless steel tanks.
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Haunted Wine Tours?! I might have to come back in the fall…

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