Zephaniah Farm Vineyard has to be the least-commercial winery I have ever visited. The tasting room is in the living room of an old farmhouse that has been in the family for generations. Visitors sit at antique tables and chat with winemakers one-on-one, which is a real pleasure. Bill Hatch, the owner, is a fount of information about winemaking in general and Virginia winemaking, in particular. Wines are excellent across the board but the Chambourcin Reserve stopped me dead in my tracks. Rich and deep, with black cherry and plum notes basking in smoky ambience. I consider myself to be fairly knowledgeable about wine -- I've lived in California, Europe and the Finger Lakes of New York and prowled many a tasting room -- but this one was a complete surprise. I walked out with half a case and a new appreciation for what Virginia wine can be. Highly recommended.
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