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Putting all politics aside – I have to admit that I truly loved my visit to Trump Winery. Before visiting I figured it would be a very stuffy experience, but I was totally wrong. The property is set up in such a way that large groups and event guests have a separate entrance, while the tasting room itself is small and inviting. The tasting room staff makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the door and they take their time helping guests navigate their list of wines, helping each person decide which wines to try.
My favorite Trump wine is their Rosé. I love a good dry rosé in the summertime. I find it difficult to find one that actually has some flavor – most I find are very bland. This one is bursting with strawberry and citrus and is perfectly balanced. It’s one of the top rosé wines I found on my travels.
The tasting room features a beautiful patio in the back and also has an on-site restaurant. I was very pleasantly surprised by my visit to Trump Winery and it’s a “must visit” winery if you’re in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.
You can find out more about them at the Trump Winery Website.
When I’m browsing the wine aisle in my local grocery store, it’s mostly an assortment of west coast wines, imports and several boxes to choose from. There is a small assortment of eastern U.S. wines, but mostly sweeter varieties, which are probably their best sellers. They do feature a few wines from Bloomington Indiana’s Oliver Winery – usually the Soft Red, Soft White and Camelot Mead which are all too sweet for my personal taste. Imagine my surprise when one day I came across an Oliver Dry Red Blend. I finally uncorked this wine last night to give it a try. It’s foundation is Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah which gives it a bold distinction. My guess is that it is close to a 50/50 blend, because I could certainly detect the Syrah. Although I enjoyed a glass on its own at the end of the day, this selection is probably paired best with a steak or grilled meats. This rich wine with hints of currant and spice has a lasting finish and is perfect for those that prefer bold, dry reds.
Are you ready to taste this wine for yourself? You can get all the information about visiting on the Oliver Winery and Vineyards website.