It was just past noon and we had all worked up a thirst and an appetite.
Stepping into the tasting room, we were met by two elderly gentleman, already deep into a day of pleasure. As we chatted, it came out that they were both retired and worked at the winery for fun. It is locally owned, by a retired military couple, and apparently they were wonderful employers. The two men joked and poured wine, never once remarking on the early hour.
After our first glass, we took our bottle to the deck outside, to enjoy the fresh air and the woodsy view. We were also promised a dozen fresh, free oysters with every bottle we purchased. That was to be our lunch that day.
The oysters were amazing! Farm raised in the nearby Rappahannock River, they were huge for this time of year. Creamy, smooth and slightly briny, they paired quite well with the semi-dry Rose.