GOLD: Rappahannock Cellars

I’m having a legitimately hard time writing this review. The WordPress tab has been sitting open on my browser, mocking me, for the better part of a week. Normally, our reviews follow the template of “Winery X is great, but…,” but I’m having difficulty finding any negatives about Rappahannock Cellars. Except that they’re an hour away from our house. Which might actually be a pro, considering how quickly we’ve been going through the case plus that we already purchased from them. We’d go broke if Rappahannock was a five minute drive away.

The winery is family owned (and with 12 kids, it’s a BIG family) and kid-friendly.* They grow most of their own grapes on their 30 acres, but they source their Cab Sauv grapes from a farm in California that’s owned by their extended family. They have two “brands” of wine – white labels, which are available to anyone, and black labels, which are available to club members only. Our server, Sheritage (like Meritage), snuck** us a few samples of the black labels, and they were worth joining the RCellars wine club. (See pic below for details. It’s a REALLY good deal.)

While we haven’t liked everything we sampled, it’s not because they were bad wines (unlike at some other wineries). In fact, I don’t think we’ve had a single bad wine from Rappahannock, just a few that weren’t to our tastes, which is a very different thing. Most of the time, we’re happy to find one or two wines that we like, and I think that we have at least five from Rappahannock that we’ll happily drink at any time. Like, I drank the Chardonnay-Viognier while pulling weeds. Needless to say, my motivation to pull weeds went steeply downhill as my motivation to just sit on the porch skyrocketed. But I digress.

Oh, and they also have a great sparkling rosé. As I write this post, I’m wearing a shirt that says “Pop the Champagne,” so you know we love our sparklers. And they’re opening a distillery in Fall of this year, with plans to make brandy, vodka, and gin.

*We went to one of their member events a week or two after we joined their wine club, and I think that we might have found our first friends out here in BFE. It’s amazing how quickly you find Your People when you both bring your teeny tiny infants to a wine tasting.

**Definitely not a marketing gimmick. Not at all. But we clearly fell for it, so good job.

Rating: Gold! (We seriously love this place.)
Tasting: $10 for 8+ (There’s one black label on the tasting, but I’m almost 100% sure Sheritage gave us a few more.)
Price: About average (mid-$20s – mid-$30s for white labels)
Kid Friendly: Very!
Highlights: Everything. Everything is good here.
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: We had a snack while we were there.
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0, but we managed to “lose” the two bottles that we brought home. I wrote several emails detailing where we thought we left them and how we subsequently found them buried under a seat in the car. Needless to say, they recognized my name when we showed up for the club event, and I was appropriately embarrassed.

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