Pippin Hilll ranks among the most visited and lauded wineries in Virginia. Known for its picturesque entrance, mountain views, and cuisine, it is a popular choice for weddings, wine tours and foodies.
Over the weekend we got to experience Pippin Hill. Nine Black women in non profits and Black business owners came together for a day on the hill and it met all expectations. For some, it was a return to Pippin Hill, for others it was their first time visiting. Ani, our guide for the day greeted us with sparkling wine. That was followed by a tour of the grounds, a guided tasting and a picnic on the lawn that included a glass of wine of our choice. Ani was knowledgable, friendly, and answered all of our questions. We also tried the frose and one member of our party ordered a salad to go.
Now for the wine. Our tasting included 6 wines – 2 whites, 3 reds and a port-style wine. The favorite white among the ladies was the Chardonnay. The reds were what really stood out though. We got to taste the Cannon Red – a blend of Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot, Tannat and Viognier; Cabernet Sauvignon; Easton Blue – the winery’s signature red blend of Petit Verdot,Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat; and Bin 21 (the Port).
Of these 4, the Cannon Red, Easton Blue, and Bin 21 all got rave reviews. Everyone noted how pleasing both the Cannon Red and Easton Blue were on the nose. At $60 a bottle, the Easton Blue ranks up there in VA wine prices, bit it really is amazing. The notes of cherry and tobacco are immediately detected and the medium finish is why many love an excellent red blend.
Some tips for visiting Pippen Hill? Go on a weekday or make a reservation if you don’t wish to sit on th lawn. It has always been well populated on weekends when I’ve been. Other tips, take lots of pictures! It really is beautiful.
This was a great partnership with the winery and we are so happy we could organize this trip for this special group of ladies.