Had a wonderful visit at the Bloomery this weekend with a group of friends. We managed to organize a private tasting on the second floor away from the crowded main level, so we were able to sample their 14 sweetwines at our own pace and chat among ourselves without disruption. The main level is quite cozy and intimate. When we were there, it was very crowded (standing room only) so I would recommend arranging a private tasting, especially for groups of 4 or more.
Zoe was our private hostess during our tastings. She was extremely friendly and knowledgable about each of the samples. You can tell Bloomery puts a lot of love & care into the making of their sweetwines. My favorites were the ginger , pumpkin spice and their signature limoncello. Recipe cards are provided to each visitor so that some creative conconctions can be made at home.
The sample tastings are free and because of strict local laws, any purchased sweetwines cannot be consumed on the premises. The staff is generous to offer extra samples to taste if requested, but after sampling 14 in one sitting, it was more than enough for me! Also, they do not serve food on the premises, but allow you to bring your own.
The Bloomery is a wonderful day trip venue, about an hour drive from Fairfax/Loudoun County. A little hard to find off Charlestown Road using GPS, so strongly suggest following the exact directions on their website. Look for a small lemon shaped sign on the roadside and drive down the dirt path about a 1/4mile. The Bloomery is located on a small hill on the property. There is a short steep unpaved incline to get to the parking area in front of the Bloomery, so make sure you get a running start with the gas pedal or shift to 4 wheel drive to get to the top.
I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.~
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