Saturday, December 19, 2015

Loudoun's Creek's Edge Winery - A Relaxing Destination

Question? Which community holds the two oldest standing houses in Loudoun County, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to a new farm winery? The answer is Taylorstown, a small village two miles south of the Potomac River that was first settled in 1734 by Richard Brown who build a mill over the Catoctin Creek. The two oldest standing houses are "Hunting Hill" and "Foxton Cottage" - both located directly across the Catoctin Creek from each other.

The new farm winery is Creek's Edge Winery, which was established by Tedd Durden in 2010. The estate vineyard consists of 4.5 acres of vines such as Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Amish structure housing the winery and tasting room is magnificent, even at night when we ventured over.  Although we missed the views of the estate, nighttime has another advantage, particularly Sunday night when the remain open until 7PM and occasionally live music. The winery charges $8 for a standard tasting and $15 for an expanded menu. I chose the standard and learned that most of the wine is Virginia grown except for the Riesling and Sangiovese which are sourced from Washington state.  The Virginia fruit is sourced from a neighboring Lovettsville vineyard as well as southern Virginia. The wines for the standard tasting are listed below (with my immediate thoughts) and the prices were pretty consistent within the Loudoun community.  Overall the wines were solid; I enjoyed the Pinot Gris the most . Add in the ambiance and Creek's Edge Winery is a relaxing destination in the Loudoun County Wine Trail. And theCompass Winery, Brewery, Distillery Locator Mobile App will guide you to historic Taylorstown.
  • 2014 Pinot Gris ($26) - peaches
  • 2014 Stainless Chardonnay ($26) - green apple
  • 2012 Chardonnay ($28) - lots of butter
  • 2014 Riesling ($25) - 2.5RS a solid wine
  • 2014 Rosé of Sangiovese ($25) - strawberry acids
  • NV Chambourcin ($24) nice fruit, slight pepper
  • 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) - very smooth, light green pepper
  • 2012 Merlot ($30) - slight earthiness, low fruit, black pepper

1 comment:

b said...

Man, this is great. My family lives in Northern Virginia and I am planning a visit next month. Your articles about wines in Virginia have opened up a whole new landscape of things to do when your pretty sure the Civil War Trail is a trifle stale. Loudon, here we come. Thanks.