We got off work early on a Friday afternoon and decided to take a drive in the country and hit a winery or two. We had been to Chrysalis in the summer--live music, community barbeque grill, lots of patio space, several wine tasting areas outdoors, picnic tables, nice views.
We did a tasting ($10 each) of the regular wines including their "big reds." Our server was a young girl who gave the deadpan description of each wine, clearly bored, and never asked us a single question to engage us in conversation. Where you from? Do you like this wine? Nada.
Although we're not wine snobs (we have an open mind about trying wines from around the world) we know that Virginia wines are just not that darn good. The winery scene is growing, the quality is improving as they continue to find grapes that stand up to less than ideal growing conditions compared to California, Australia, Europe, Chile, and Argentina. I say wine scene, since visiting wineries is now a big tourist thing in the summer, including renting limos and vans for touring around to several wineries, often batchelorette themed.
I'm sorry but a $29 Viogner and a "big red" for $35, better compare to some CA offerings available locally, or we're just not buying.
Also, Chrysalis doesn't have any indoor tables, or even an outdoor space with gas heaters. So, after our tasting, we just walked outside, looked at the view and left.