When my friend Angie suggested a day in Virginia’s wine country for her birthday I was all in! I mean what could be better than celebrating by spending a summer day together in the beautiful Virginia countryside tasting wine? Did I mention that one of the wineries was named Unicorn Winery?! Cue the rainbows and butterflies and I promise it does not get any better!
Joni (that gorgeous tall red head below) offered to be our DD and with her boyfriend and Angie’s husband in tow, we loaded up a rented mini-van, popped in some old school tunes and were on our way. First stop was the Barrel Oak Winery a mere hour and twenty minutes from DC. There we were greeted by the rolling foothill mountains and a cool breeze, so we took the vino outside! After our tasting it was so perfect we decided a pitcher of sangria was a must (poor Joni!). Lets just say there might have been some hula-hooping involved once we polished off that pitcher. We left Barrel Oak and stopped at the charming Iron Bridge restaurant for lunch and then forged onward to the Unicorn Winery. The wines at Unicorn totally lived up to their name and we had a fab time playing with their dog Franc. In all it was a spectacular day spent in the great outdoors with some of my favorite people who I just don’t get to see enough of! I think it may just have to become Angie’s annual birthday tradition. Oh and as a random side note, apparently it is totally cool to bring pets, small babies and children to wineries on the weekends so any mama’s out there this can be a family friendly day. Just try not to be the weirdo with the talking parrot on your shoulder. No one likes that!
Ps – I also tipped my toe in the world of fondant to make a fondant covered wine bottle cake for Angie. If you’re curious to see the end result you can catch it on our Facebook page!