Posts Tagged ‘Barrel Oak Winery’

Notes from NoVA’s Wine Industry: Local Vineyards Win National Awards, Plans for New Viticultural Education Center

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Greenhill Winery & Vineyard / Photo by Rebekah Pizana

By: Evan Milberg

Virginia’s booming wine industry has had a very good start to the year. Five local wineries received medals at the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines with 5,900 entries from 25 different states. Middleburg was well-represented, as three area wineries won medals: Barrel Oak Winery (Silver medal: 2012 Petit Mensang), Greenhill Winery & Vineyards (Gold: 2009 Blanc de Blancs), and Boxwood Estate Winery (Bronze: 2007 and 2010 Topiary). Philip Carter Winery’s 2012 Shirley Plantation Chardonnay received a silver medal.  Clifton‘s Paradise Springs Winery won a “double gold” medal for its 2012 Norton and silver medals for its 2012 Cabernet Franc and 2012 Viognier

“It’s all about staying true to what Virginia does well,” says Paradise Springs owner Kirk Wiles. “Instead of force-growing Pinot Noir, we take advantage of what our region has given us.” Wiles instead turns to Petit Menseng, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Albarino, Viognier, saying, those are “more Virginia but aren’t as prominent in the wine world.” 

One man that knows plenty about taking advantage of what Virginia has to offer is the newly-announced 2014 Virginia Vineyard Association Grape Grower of the Year, Jeff White, of Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal. It’s not an award just for growing grapes, though. It’s for participation in the industry and for those offer advice to those new to the industry. 

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Summer Sizzles

There is something different to experience every night of the week in Northern Virginia. Best of all, you can do it reasonably. 

If you like picnics or drive-in movies head to Artomatic to view the Blind Side (after all, football season is around the corner). Bring popcorn or grab dinner at a vendor and watch it free of charge! It begins after sunset. P.S. Don’t get blind-sided…bring bug spray just in case!
1851 S. Bell St., Arlington

Looking for a new happy hour hotspot or date place? Hit up Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town between 5-7 p.m. for half-priced brews (definitely not the watered-down kind!) and pizzas at a discount. Good times and affordable.

Pizzeria Paradiso
124 King St., Alexandria

Get your laugh on at Ri Ra in Arlington where local comics will entertain you for free! Grab a date and a half-priced burger and enjoy a reasonable night out.

Ri Ra
2915 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Thirsty Thursday would not be complete without live music. Take your ear buds out tonight when Jammin’ Java hosts Indie group Pearl and the Beard starting at 8 p.m. $15/person

Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna

Take a mental health day and get your fix at Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) in Delaplane. BOW is a dog-friendly winery and the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon or evening. Grab a bottle of pinot and your favorite people and listen to a local guitarist starting at 5:30 p.m.

Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane

Welcome to Fauquier County … sorta

Rumors, personal vendettas and land-rights confusion bubble beneath the surface of Northern Virginia’s wine-growing paradise.

By David Hodes  •  Photography By Jonathan Timmes

Courtesy of Fauquier County Economic Development

Driving on the winding roads through the rolling hills of the 644-square-mile Fauquier County, one thing becomes instantly clear to even the casual observer—this is Virginia’s unspoiled paradise.

Grand spreads of property dot the area, some costing upwards of $20 million, attracting the likes of U.S. presidents, movie stars and D.C. movers and shakers alike.

Phillip Thomas, fifth generation landowner says, "I will do whatever it takes to help preserve this countryside we call home."

This is foxhunt country, home of the oldest horse show, the oldest hunt, the oldest race track and some of the oldest stud farms in the country, according to 78-year old Phillip Thomas, owner of Thomas and Talbot Real Estate, a real estate firm smack in the center of his home town of Middleburg.

Newcomers should know this: Thomas is a force to be reckoned with here. He’s a fifth generation landowner, an ex-Marine, a 50-year real estate man selling some of the choicest multimillion-dollar property in the county, and someone determined to keep the land what it has always been. “I will do whatever it takes to help preserve this countryside that we call home.”

Thomas’ father, Reed, a Master of Foxhounds in the 1920s and 1930s, owned Ovoka Farms, 1,250 acres of prime countryside in Paris. His son, looking to preserve his family’s legacy and with pride in the culture of the area, conveyed the land to the Piedmont Environmental Council in 2001, a conservation organization created to manage conservation easements across Fauquier County and keep the land the way it is now, and forever. They have already put 336,000 acres in easement in Northern Virginia.

Easements come with a series of restrictions about what can and can’t be done on property, along with some serious tax breaks. Commercial development is strictly taboo. Thomas believes that easements are the best way to keep the land unblemished by development, and the PEC is just the 800-pound gorilla he relies on to make it so.

The easement issue was at the center of a controversy over a 70-acre parcel that PEC-owned land sold to newcomer Martha Malawer Boneta. And the Boneta issue—where she was sued by both the PEC and Thomas for violations of the terms of the easement—has become part of a larger controversy involving what a farmer can sell on his land, what a winery can do on their land, who can tell them what to do and how the rules can be enforced.

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Spotlight Locations: A Weekend in Wine Country

By Cherise Fantus


Sunset Hills aeriel view. Photo courtesy of Visit Loudoun.

Living in a metropolitan area is great — everything you need is right there. But sometimes it’s nice to escape the noise — and the traffic. Loudoun County wine country is home to several wineries where you can sample old favorites, as well as some lesser-known varietals like Viognier. It’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy nature, eat local food and well, get a little tipsy.


Wine Barrel

Photo courtesy of Visit Loudoun

Barrel Oak Winery

Fido’s palate may not be as refined as yours, but he can still join you while you taste your wines. The dog-friendly winery even has a canine “employee” named Birch. He greets customers and even has his own desk in the winemakers’ office. Human customers can sample traditional vinifera and American and French hybrid varietals including Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Traminette and Chambourcin.

Barrel Oak Winery, 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane; 804-224-7181;
38 miles from Fairfax

• Wine tasting and sales
• Guided and unguided tours
• Private event hosting
• Dog-friendly


Fabbioli Cellars


Photo courtesy of Fabbioli Cellars

Fabbioli Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery dedicated to sustainable practices. Growing practices are aimed at cutting down on the use of chemicals, both by using pesticides only for spot treatments, and by eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers. They also strive for conservation by using geothermal energy and reusing wine bottles. Some of the wines made here include pear wine, raspberry wine, Merlot, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fabbioli Cellars, 15669 Limestone School Rd., Leesburg;
32 miles from Fairfax

• Wine tasting and sales
• Wine appreciation classes through Peidmont Epicurian Arts Center


Three Fox Vineyards

Vineyard row

Photo courtesy of Visit Loudoun

They call themselves “Tuscany in Virginia,” since their love for Italian wine led them to learn about winemaking in Italy. They also feature Italian varietals like Sangiovese, their specialty, as well as Nebbiolo, Pinto Grigio, and non-Italian varietals like Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chambourcin, Vidal and Chardonnay. The vineyard sits on 50 rolling acres, offering a variety of scenic spots for wine sipping.

Three Fox Vineyards, 10100 Three Fox Lane, Delaplane;
38 miles from Fairfax

• Wine tasting and sales
• Tours
• Private tasting
• Pet-friendly
• Light fare available

Wine-d Down: News and Events for the Grape-Loving Lush

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, April 20th, 2012

While California’s marijuana-laced wine gets smokin’ reviews (Happy 4/20 dudes!), here are some local events for everyone from the beginner to the lush:

Bitch and Whine every last Thursday of the month at Jackson 20‘s special local wine tasting. Next week (4/26) features wines from Breaux Vineyards. [Jackson 20]

Take a trip around the world while adventuring through international wines at Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe this weekend. [Olde Dominion Wine Shoppe]

Get away for the weekend. The Winery at La Grange is hosting a weekend of live music and sangria. Bring a picnic or choose from its own menu. [Winery at La Grange]

Want to get a bit further away? Check out the Blue Ridge Oyster Festival featuring two new wine releases with proceeds from the event and silent auction benefiting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Blue Ridge. [Blue Ridge Oyster Festival]

Winemaker Wednesday starts next week to get you through the mid-week hump. [The Frenchman's Cellar]

Need a perfect at wine pairing at home so you don’t have to pay the big bucks? Popcorn shrimp is the perfect partner. [VWL Magazine Newsletter]

Have some family fun at Barrel Oak Winery this weekend with live music on the patio, gourmet pizzas and great wine. [Barrel Oak Winery]

Photo: Lichtmeister/Shutterstock

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Barrel Oak Winery Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Benefit Party

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Friday, May 27th, 2011

(Image: Barrel Oak Winery)

Fauquier County, Virginia based winery Barrel Oak turns three this weekend, and to celebrate, the spacious winery will open its doors to the public for a weekend of live music, dancing, barbecue and wine.

While festivities run for the entirety of the holiday weekend, from Friday all the way down to Monday, the capstone of the celebration will be the dance benefit on Saturday, May 28 for the Gainesville-Haymarket Rotary Club and Clarence and Francis Corum, an elderly Fauquier County couple that has fallen on hard times.

“The benefit is to celebrate our good fortune by helping others,” Barrel Oak president Brian Roeder told Northern Virginia Magazine.

Roeder put the benefit together soon after he first heard news of the Corums’ plight from a customer, who directed him to a Washington Post article. The article highlights the Corums’ struggle to keep their home, which faces foreclosure by the bank. A ramshackle house, the Corums’ home looks ripped straight from Winter’s Bone. There’s no heat or running water, and it’s barely being held together with duct tape and two-by-fours. While the property was appraised at only $5,100, the couple has a mortgage of $130,000. $5,000 short on their payments, the bank is threatening to foreclose, pushing the disabled couple out of their home.

Roeder immediately joined with the cause, putting together a benefit to coincide with his winery’s third anniversary celebrations.

“What’s happened since [the Post article], through the efforts of some of the other folks who have been very involved in this effort, [the Corums] have been able to secure most of the funds necessary to get them back on a secure footing,” said Roeder. “So we’ve shifted the benefit away from being just for the Corums to being for the Corums and for the [Gainesville-Haymarket] Rotarians, who have been raising money for this effort on their behalf.”

The benefit party will take place at Barrel Oak’s spacious Fauquier winery, and begins at 6 p.m. Northern Virginia based classic rock band eNVee will be playing, and local chef Mark Pack will be on hand to dole out the Q. Twelve of Barrel Oak’s wines will be available for purchase as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring kids and dogs, and to pack a picnic dinner.

Roeder expects about 500 people for Saturday’s event, and he hopes to raise $5000 by night’s end. Donations have already started to come in. Roeder and his wife, Barrel Oak co-owner Sharon, have donated $500, and Fauquier County Board of Supervisors member Peter Schwartz has also donated $500. 10% of wine sales made during the party will also go towards helping the Corums, and people like the Corums. Donations from attendees will be accepted all night.

Barrel Oak Winery

3623 Grove Ln

Delaplane, VA 20144

(540) 364-6402

- Kris King

BOW Expands to Middleburg

Posted by Carten Cordell / Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Barrel Oak Winery of Delaplane plans to open an art gallery in Middleburg on May 21. To be more specific, it’s located next to the Red Fox Inn at 8 East Washington St.

According to the proprietor Brian Roeder, expectations should be high. “Our main winery is known as a place with great wine that’s wrapped in a great experience,” he said. “There are no judgments about your wine knowledge, we just want to help you to discover. Middleburg won’t be any different.”

The size won’t be the same though. Capacity crowds may not even reach thirty people, while Delaplane can accommodate almost five hundred. They also plan on playing smooth jazz through the speakers, and the staff will be wearing uniforms.

Visitors of the gallery can try up to seven wines in elegant glassware for $8, but the first two are on the house. Barrel Oak is sharing the spotlight with Rappahannock Cellars and the Phillip Carter Winery.

Accompanying appetizers include savory meats, gourmet cheeses, and fresh bread that are locally sourced from farms like Ayrshire.

The scenic works of artist Armand Cabrera will be on display for the foreseeable future.

He’s expected to be present for demonstrations, and some of his prints are going to be available for purchase. The former LucasArts game designer has successfully established himself as a bona fide artist. His ability to paint quickly but efficiently will be on full display.

“We’re really excited about it,” Roeder said. “We’ll be welcoming kids and dogs just like we always do in Delaplane.”

The official opening falls on a Saturday afternoon.

For more information call (540)-364-6402.

-Ryan Robertson

Slow Food Vast Wine

Posted by Carten Cordell / Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The Barrel Oak Winery of Delaplane is hosting the Third Annual Slow Food Vast Wine Fundraiser on Saturday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.

This event has several ambitions and noble cause behind it. Besides promoting lesser-known food and wine producers in the area, all the proceeds go to scholarship programs at the John XXIII Montessori Children’s Center in Front Royal.

Anyone can bid on bottles of exemplary wine or exhilarating getaways in the silent and live auction portion of the fun-filled evening that awaits you.

Attendees can “travel” to three regions of the world with their handy-dandy passport to try award-winning wines paired with epicurean delights. The Virginian, Californian, and the Mediterranean tables are quite different from one another. Each themed area has up to four meals and three different wines to choose from.

David and Stacy Gedney of the Apartment 2G Restaurant are in charge of cooking the tapas-style menu. All ingredients are from local farms that practice “beyond organic agriculture.” These include Ayreshire, Fields of Athenry, Briarmead, Echo Ridge, Brown Stone Ranch, and Polyface, among others.

Event coordinator Mark Accettullo was adamant in his belief that these purveyors deserve our loyalty and support. “All of the producers we highlight are committed to uphold and promote principles that are good for our taste buds, landscapes, animals, and bodies,” he said. “They represent everything that is good and noble about farming.”

The evening is scheduled to end at 11 pm, but not before the dessert underneath the stars. Decadent delights like cream puffs, chocolate pave, and lemon mousse pavlova will be paired with special Ports that have been aged to perfection.

Buy your tickets now in order to attend this exciting event. You can still donate to the cause even if you can’t make it.

Call (540)-660-5641 or e-mail for more information.

-Ryan Robertson

(image: John XXIII Montessori)

A Brighter Black Friday

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I can think of no better way to spend Black Friday than to be as far away from stores possible.  I do love shopping, but I prefer to go at odd times when I won’t get pushed or trampled.  Being sandwiched like a sardine between anxious shoppers is not my idea of a good time.

black friday

(Image: Business Review USA)

This Black Friday, Barrel Oak Winery is celebrating relaxation by hosting an event called Black Friday Recovery Ward.  This event will feature personal masseuses, special winery tours, and local artisans on site so you can search for the perfect gift without fighting over a parking spot.

Barrel Oak

(Image: Barrel Oak Winery)

The event will be held at the winery which will be decorated like a winter wonderland with snowflakes, a tree, and lit fireplaces.   You can sip wine, browse the artisan items and feast on holiday fare.

gingerbread men

(Image: McCormick)

Children and dogs are welcome and general admission is free.  Doesn’t this sound much better than standing in line for hours to buy a sweater?  If I can convince someone to go with me, I may be at Barrel Oak on Black Friday myself.

Barrel Oak Winery

Black Friday Recovery Ward

11 am-9 pm

3623 Grove Lane

Delaplane, VA 20144


Breaux Threepeats in VA Wine Poll

Posted by The Editorial Desk / Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Breaux glass

(Image: Visit Loudoun)

Breaux Vineyards claimed the favorite winery mantle for the third straight year in the Farm Winery Council‘s annual public poll.

The Cajun-themed vintner clinched statewide bragging rights with just 2,018 votes–a roughly 105 percent dip in support from their 2009 sweep.

Barrel Oak Winery (1,979 votes) and Philip Carter Winery (1,464 votes) settled into second and third place, respectively, in the 2010 contest.

This marks the first time Barrel Oak has cracked the top three, and includes the second upper echelon finish for Philip Carter. Other favorite winery alumni include: Pearmund Cellars, Miracle Valley Vineyard and Veritas Vineyard & Winery.

Though many wineries made a concerted effort to put the web to work for them–”The social marketing through Twitter this year by winery fans, wineries and bloggers was amazing to watch,” one FMC aide informed us–voting, as a whole, diminished by about 10 percent since last year.

Doukenie Winery experienced perhaps the most precipitous drop, falling just nine spots in terms of general rankings while watching 616 percent of their voting base evaporate within the last 12 months. Fairfax County upstart Paradise Springs Winery, on the other hand, reaped a 4,800 percent uptick in votes–a virtual groundswell which helped propel them into the number five slot this year.

And while the poll monitors have no illusions about this being anything other than a glorified popularity contest–”The wineries that are a little more savvy in their marketing really rock the vote by telling their large base of loyal fans and offering goodies,” an FMC aide openly acknowledged–the public awareness and overall excitement it generates are very real.

“Every year the game builds a larger base of supporters for Virginia’s farm wine industry,” an FMC aide said.

All three 2010 winners will be feted September 12 during the Wine Festival at The Plains.


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