GREEN: Quattro Goomba’s Winery and Brewery

Technically, Quattro Goomba’s Winery and Quattro Goomba’s Brewery were two different stops on our Sunday Funday Wine Trail because of ABC laws, but I’m okay with making a combo post if you’re okay with reading one. And since I can’t hear any objections, here we go.

First, the winery. It was probably the least impressive building we visited that day. We’re accustomed to the modern rustic thing, but the Goomba’s tasting room literally looked like we walked into a weekend cabin that had been renovated to hold two bars and nothing else. Don’t get me wrong – it was a perfectly nice room, but it’s not a place I would hold a special event. We arrived around 1:30 on a Sunday afternoon, and the single open bar was already crowded, so we decided to hang out to the side rather than give the server three more adults to deal with. Fortunately, about five minutes after we arrived, another bar opened up, and we had our server’s undivided attention. Although they make all of their wine onsite, they do source grapes from other locations. If you want to focus on Virginia wine, make sure you choose the Piney River labels. Paul really liked the wine here, but if I’m being honest, my palette and attention weren’t at their best by this point. (And here’s where I was informed by Paul that you NEVER tell a server that you’re on anything other than your first stop of the day. He says that you get smaller pours and less attention, and since he’s been to more wineries than I have, I’m going to assume that he knows what he’s talking about. Anyway.)

Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: $7 for 5 wines
Price: Low to average ($19 – $29)
Kid Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Piney River Apple Wine – we didn’t buy any, but it was the best non-grape wine we’ve tried
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: ~3 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0

On to the brewery, which is a short walk across the parking lot but miles away in ambiance. If wineries tend toward some combination of modern and rustic, breweries almost all seem to fall into the industrial style. I’m sure it’s because all of those tanks don’t lend themselves to much else. The brewery was definitely bigger and busier than the winery, with 15 – 20 large picnic tables spread through the warehouse-sized building and a huge serving bar. Joe took on ordering duties and came back to our table with tacos, bacon wrapped brussels sprouts, pretzel sticks with beer cheese, and three tasting flights. The food was fantastic, and I (the smallest adult on this little field trip) ate the lion’s share. For beers, we had Shut the Barn Door Red Saison, Morale Booster Triple IPA, Organized Chaos LoCollaboration Milk Stout, and Cranked Milk Stout. I’m not 100% sure which of the dark beers were which because they weren’t labeled, but I thought they were both tasty. As usual, Paul liked the lighter beers better than the darker beers, and I happily passed off the IPA.

Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: Tasters are $2.25 – $3.75
Price: Average (standard beer pours are about $7, and food is about $10)
Kid Friendly: Yes, very!
Highlights: Limited but delicious food menu
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: 0!
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0

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