GREEN: Desert Rose Ranch & Winery

I think we’ve driven by Desert Rose at least half a dozen times. I’ve been meaning to have us stop for months, and I’m glad that we finally did. Opened in 2011 by former CIA employees, Desert Rose has a distinctly ranch-like feel. Outside, you’ll find hay bale couches by the pond, and the inside is decked out in its Western finest from tables that would look comfortable in a saloon to bathroom* mirrors framed in cowboy boot shafts. I feel like the owners probably considered moving to Arizona at some point but ultimately decided they had too many ties to Virginia. It’s also entirely possible that I’m inventing a backstory for my own amusement.

I think we were there around 2pm on Sunday, and they were fairly busy. We didn’t have to wait, but our server’s attention was definitely a bit divided. Of the ten wines on the menu, eight are estate-grown, with the Viognier and Chenin Blanc being the exceptions.

I feel like I should say more, but by this point, we were tired of trying to wrangle kids and taste wine at the same time, so my notes are pretty limited. The winery was cute; the owner was nice; and the wines were decent. When you have two vaguely cranky kids in-tow, sometimes, that’s all you need.

*There are free tampons in the women’s restroom. I know that this has absolutely nothing to do with the wine, but I think it lets you know how much the owners care and pay attention to the little things.

Rating: Green (We’ll totally come back!)
Tasting: $10 for 10
Price: Mostly average (low $20s to $40)
Kid Friendly: Yes. They also had a toy corner!
Highlights: Starboard, a port-style wine made from Norton grapes
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: ~5 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0

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