GREEN: Cana Vineyards and Winery

We’ve been ogling the highway signs for Cana for months. And every time we see them, Paul mispronounces “Cana,” and I say “Cana. Like in the Bible where Jesus turned water into wine.” We didn’t experience any miracles at Cana, but the wines were pretty darn good.

Cana, which opened in 2012, won’t be bottling their first estate wines until later this year, but most of their grapes are from Virginia, and all of the wines are made onsite. While the building is beautiful, it’s in the same rustic-modern style as most of the other wineries in the area. But the outdoor area is huge and provided ample wrestling space for Joe and Jeremiah when Little J decided he was done being patient with the tasting.

Much like Chrysalis, Cana has guests pre-pay for their tasting before moving to a different room. The more we see this, the more we like it. It’s a much nicer, more personal experience to move from the main area to a more private space – in this case, the Barrel Room – for your tasting. After going through the eight wines on the tasting menu, Paul and I revisited our three favorites and ultimately decided to bring home the 2014 Tinaja Reserve (made from Napa grapes) and 2014 Le Mariage.

At the end of the tasting, our server segued seamlessly into a pitch for their wine club, and we took the bait. It doesn’t cost anything to join; you’re just committing yourself to buying at least two bottles per month. We go through two bottles in two days, so throwing in monthly member events, four free tastings with each visit, and a 15% discount sealed the deal. This is the first winery club we’ve joined, and we’re hoping that it provides us with an opportunity to meet like-minded locals because we’ve spectacularly failed to do that since moving here.

Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: $10 for 8 wines, plus a souvenir glass
Price: About average (mid-$20s – mid-$30s)
Kid Friendly: Yes (first floor)
Highlights: Great deal on the wine club
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: ~2 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0

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