Grandale

Spring in bloom at Grandale

Spring in bloom at Grandale

The winery

The winery

 

 

view from the patio

view from the patio

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Grandale is just a short drive from the quaint village of Hillsboro.

lunch at Grandale

lunch at Grandale

 

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lunch at Grandale

lunch at Grandale

Click here to visit the Grandale Restaurant website.

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Lovely area to sit after your tasting and enjoy your favorite wine

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Olio Olive Oil and Sauces, a perfect paring with the wine you take home

 

 

 

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After a drab March here are the trees in bloom with a beautiful blue background, its spring time finally!

Orlean Market

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Dining Room

Local Chips

Local Chips

Wine Selection

Wine Selection

Say Cheers with a Guinness

Say Cheers with a Guinness

 

Orlean Market, Orlean,  Virginia
We stopped over the weekend to photograph this quaint village, as you can see this market has everything you need to pack for your winery picnic, point to point races or just slow down and stay awhile.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlean Market with Karen and Doug

Orlean Market with Karen and Doug

 

 

Naked Lunch

Our Reds and Chef Stamer's Lasagna

Our Reds and Chef Stamer’s Lasagna

The mantle over the large stone fireplace

The mantle over the large stone fireplace

Naked Lunch

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

Lined up and ready

The bar sceneA view of the warm inviting winery

A view of the warm inviting winery