it’s finally (almost!) may, which means one sure activity: wine tasting. or, as my mother calls it, “wine tasting.” it’s the one activity for which i’ll drop almost anything (and everything), hop in a car, and drive out into the country. there are just over 6,000 wineries in the united states, and a couple dozen in and around charlottesville.


before you learn to distinguish between viogner and chardonnay, it’s critical that you’re ready for a day outdoors in winding countryside. jeans, a simple t-shirt or light sweater, comfortable flats, and a small tote for picnic supplies are all you need for a day of educational exploration—learning to taste the subtle differences between two different merlots is almost definitely necessary skill. add a small satchel for an id, cards, and a small notebook (notes about pinot noir!), and you’re ready to explore our local vineyards.


shown in the photos: an herve chapelier tote bag, serpui marie green wicker cross-body bag (a miniature & chic picnic basket), colleen cordero belt, cath necklace, brochu walker rugby popover, enza costa loose striped sweater, baker + fiorentini sandals, vince pull-ons, pedro garcia pull-ons, pedro garia yaki lace-ups, vince flats, virginia peanuts (yum), and king’s family vineyard  croset rose (yum).


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