Leesbug, VA.'s Wine Country, Wash.,DC

Loudoun County, VA

Leesbug, VA in the county of Loudoun, has a lot to offer besides an historic setting, fine restaurants, and low humidity this Summer. Less than an hour’s drive from Washington, DC on route 7 South and 7 West you’ll fall upon some of the most interesting terrain this side of the Mason-Dixon line.This is where the Civil War played out in full force.

We counted 23 wineries located in five drivable “clusters,” from small
10 acre plots to plots with over 400
acres, the largest being Breaux Vineyards which produces 12 different wines, with seven whites and five reds. The site now produces over 10,000 cases each year.
Their 2001 Merlot has earned a “Best in Class” distinction. Its Chardonnay and Syrah Rose labels are worth trying. And their 2008 Viognier has won a Double Gold award. Their 2005 Marquis de Lafayette-Cabernet Franc
is truly a find.
Another vineyard that favored us was the Hillsborough Vineyards with its “million dollar view” of the Blue Ridge Mountains, also located in the
town of Purceville on the Charles Town Pike. It uses 13 acres to produces eight varietals. Their wines except their newest, Onyx, are made from a multiple of varietals and are aged in French Oak. They’re named after gemstones. The Garnet 2006 label recently won a Gold medal. So did their Bloodstone 2006. And the Moonstone 2008 is a good bet. Soft-caramel, fully matured an creamy, with a hint of white raisins, this wine really stands out. The winery is open
Friday-Monday, 11-6 p.m. A nominal
tasting charge is requested. Call 540-668. 6216 or contact info@hillsboroughwine.com for details.

The wines of Loudoun County are unique. The ambiance superb. So if traveling to the nation’s capital this Summer we suggest you detour to
Loudoun County and discover for yourself what being offered in this scenic part of the country.

Michael Zufolo reporting, July 5

The winery is open daily from 11-5 p.m.. Located in Purceville,VA on Breaux Vineyards Lane, the phone is:
1-800.492. 9961 or try :www.breauxvineyards.com
for more info.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com

 

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