Zephaniah was lovely. Just absolutely lovely. Unusually for a Virginia winery, the tasting was seated, which made it feel like we were at a dinner party in the parlor of an historic building (which, essentially, we were – minus the food). It was a fantastic opportunity to sit down with the owner and a handful of strangers and really talk about the wine. We were there around 2pm on a Friday afternoon, and there were three people already seated around the table when we arrived. They kindly waited for us to catch up to them in the tasting so that we could all be in the same place. During a normal tasting, you’ll probably hear about the winery and the wines, but Bill Hatch actually takes the time to educate his guests about the history and practice of making Virginia wine. They grow 95% of their own grapes, and the rest are sourced from nearby Winchester, VA.
I think the standout for me was the Chambourcin red, which I’ve usually seen as a rosé before this. Bill was also nice enough to give us a mini-tour of the house, a favor that I reciprocated by inviting him over to dinner. (Paul says “I know you’re having a good time if you invite strangers to our house for dinner.” I say that if that’s the worst thing I do after drinking on an empty stomach, he’s in damn good shape.) They also have a lovely (there’s that word again) separate building that can be rented for private events.
Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: $10 for 6+ wines
Price: On the lower side of average for VA wineries (mid-$20s)
Kid Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Seated tasting
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: ~23 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 1