I chose this picture to show where this winery is located, you have the feeling of adventure as you drive along the tree lined road.
Although this winery is known for its view from the deck, our day was overcast and not one for sunlit vista’s but this just turns your focus around to see things in a different light.
Twin Oaks has lots of area to explore, bring a picnic, do a wine tasting, relax on the deck with your friends, hope to see you there soon!
Click here to visit the Twin Oak Tavern Winery website.
The vineyards are located below the winery so you have several layers to explore with nice secluded places to enjoy the winery.
Grandale is just a short drive from the quaint village of Hillsboro.
Click here to visit the Grandale Restaurant website.
by Steve Chase
We headed out Leeds Manor Road from Paris today to grab some lasagna and wine at Naked Mountain Vineyards. For those who have not driven this route, it is a spectacular short drive that crosses the northern start of the Blue Ridge. Perched on the south end of the drive in Markham, Naked Mountain is a small and cozy place that is a big contrast from some of the other local wineries that are often crowded and loud.
The view from the winery house is spectacular, looking down towards Shenandoah National Park. While the deck is an excellent place to hang out with a glass of wine, we opted to eat indoors with some rainy weather looking imminent. After tasting three decent reds, we decided on a bottle of the somewhat complex cross-vintage Raptor Red and the Scarlet Oak Red a very tasty Rhone-style red. Chef Eric Stamer makes a great lasagna, both meat and vegetarian. The large portion had just the right balance of pasta, filling, and cheese, topped of with a ladle full of well-simmered marinara.
We left with a few bottles to bring home, and think that lasagna at Naked Mountain could become a regular habit.
We are delighted to have Steve Chase share his thoughts on our visit to Naked Mountain, photography by Karen and Doug