It is not often that I get to sit next to a wine legend, but that is exactly what happened on Saturday as I got to sit to the right of Lew Parker, winemaker at Willowcroft Winery and Virginia winemaking legend, at the Tuskies meet the winemaker luncheon.
The luncheon was part of a series of "Meet the Winemaker" luncheons that Tuskies has been hosting this year, and it was a lot of fun.
We started the afternoon off with the 2009 Albarino, paired with smoked salmon croquettes. That was followed by the 2009 Cold Steel Chardonnay paired with celery root soup. The main course was a grilled angus short loin with an amazing red currant sauce paired with the Non-Vintage Petit Verdot. We finished the afternoon off a pair of cheeses that the chef matched up with the 2009 Traminette.
In between courses Lew regaled us with stories from his 26 years of winemaking in Loudoun County. He talked about how he chooses what to plant, when to harvest and how winemaking in Virginia has changed over time. It was an excellent time for all in attendance.