VIRGINIA CORNER: Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery | Stafford, Virginia

We recently happened upon Potomac Point Winery while driving along the back roads of Potomac PointVirginia, and what a pleasant discovery it was.  Located just 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., and only about a mile west of the Potomac River, Potomac Point produces a remarkable variety of table and dessert wines from grapes grown on the estate and sourced from various appellations throughout Virginia.   We tasted many of their wines during our visit, and were particularly impressed with the Richland Reserve Chardonnay and Port, which we feature below.  We highly recommend both, and that you visit Potomac Point Winery to taste their other selections, as well.

label-09richlandreservechardonnayPotomac Point Winery | Richland Reserve Chardonnay | 2010 | $22

A delicious Chardonnay, full-bodied and lush on the palate, offering generous aromas of honeysuckle and tropical fruit basket followed by flavors of peaches, honey, nectarine, and vanilla.  Toasty oak is present but seamlessly woven into the mix, and there’s just enough acidity to keep the ripe, juicy-fruit flavors in succulent balance.  It’s produced from 100% Chardonnay sourced from the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia and aged in French oak.  Pair it with roasted poultry, cream-based dishes, and mild- to medium-sharp cheeses; it has plenty of personality to be sipped on its own, too.

label-rabelosvirginiadessertwinePotomac Point Winery | Rabelos Port | 2010 | $30 (500ml)

A fine rendition of the rustic Tawny Port style,  with undulating aromas and flavors of bittersweet chocolate, tobacco, dark fruit compote, and a touch of maple.  The wine is a blend of two Portuguese varieties – Touriga Nacional and Tinta Cao – along with Chambourcin, a French-American hybrid variety, all sourced from vineyards around Orange and Woodstock.  Oak aging in used Bourbon barrels – from neighboring Bowman Distillery – adds savory nuances of malt, vanilla bean, and cinammon toast.  Warm and viscous on the palate, serve it as dessert by itself or with a selection of dark chocolates, crème brûlée, or napoleons.

Availability:  Potomac Point wines are available directlyPotomac Point 1 through the winery and from select wine retailers in Virginia.  The winery is open for tasting and tours everyday but Tuesday.  For more information on these and other Potomac Point wines, where you may find them, and tasting & tour hours, visit them virtually at

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