The Wine Mill Winchester plays host to Taste Winchester History and the Winchester Food Tour for Tasting Tuesday today. Misty and Anthony met with owner, David Johnson to find out all that The Wine Mill has to offer from the obvious (an incredible selection of wines) to food, gifts, private events and more! And did we mention free tastings? And did we mention free tastings all day, every day? You heard, well, you read right! (Or should that be red right? Or read white? How about reds, whites, roses, and everything in-between!). Would you like to hear more about their Saturday chocolate tastings, too?
We had a really had an amazing time with this video, David Johnson and Melanie Savanosh were wonderful, welcoming, informative, and we had a lot of fun! The Wine Mill officially opened for business in October of 2018, a great year for Winchester because a lot of great new small businesses got their start in the fall of 2018, including us! All of their particulars, including links to their website and Facebook page follow the video. David, Melanie, and the rest of the staff really embody their mantra, to “take the pretentiousness out of wine.” Do watch and get a flavor for the way he interacts with us, because that’s the way he’ll interact with you… like friends hanging out, like neighbors sharing wine experiences in a most relatable way. There is a great appeal for everyone across all range of wine knowledge and with a vast stock of excellent wines that will meet every budget… right in the heart of our neighborhood!
We talk wine, we talk champagne, we talk about the up-and-coming canned wine and work through the common stigma such as — if wine isn’t in a bottle and corked, it can’t be good. If it has a screw-cap, it can’t be good. That’s simply not true! You can leave all manner of pretentiousness and preconceived notions about wine and wine experts out in the parking lot and bring your knowledge or lack thereof inside and feel comfortable getting to learn and know more from the Wine Mill crew. The decor, the woodwork, and overall atmosphere — the gorgeous stone building itself — really round out the entire experience. The upstairs room is wonderfully appointed (as you’ll see in the photos), long tables, plenty of seating, a projector and large screen, private parties can book the room for tastings, parties, business meetings, reception, shower, whatever your wine-lovin’ heart desires.
And the really great offer they have are the daily tastings. So if you’re stuck in a rut or afraid to move outside of what you’re comfortable with, this affords everyone who comes on in the opportunity to try something they’ve never had before and to see what else is out there. Even during today’s tasting, Anthony and Misty, both not huge fans of sweet wines generally, absolutely fell in love with the Strawberry Rose (Villa Jolanda Moscato). And when paired with the truffle sample, it was all the more amazing, so much so they left with a bottle (among others). MY GOODNESS, THE TRUFFLES!!!
And also for a little taste of actual Winchester History >>> The Wine Mill establishment is inside what was once a grain mill on Featherbed Lane in Winchester. The grain mill was built in the late 1700s by the Parkins family, but was subsequently destroyed in an 1864 fire by Major General David Hunter when the Union Army systematic burned whatever they could of the Shenandoah Valley’s resources for the Civil War. In 1872 the building was brought back to life when it was rebuilt by Jacob Keckley.
We don’t want to give everything away, so please do watch the short Tasting Tuesday video below to learn more about the best place to find fine wines to truly fit every budget, much of which you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in Winchester, about the special events that they host, about how to schedule your own private events, and more… and seriously, they’ve been open since October of 2018. If you haven’t yet been down here and you’re a wine lover, you really should make a point of stopping in and introducing yourself to David and the staff and see what they have in store for you. Step away from the supermarket wine aisle and get down to The Wine Mill. The prices are extremely competitive and what you find at the Mill you’re not going to find at the grocery or convenience store. We really will be surprised if you leave empty-handed! Additional photos follow below!
The Wine MIll is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and also open on Sunday and Monday from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Folks, that’s seven days a week to satiate anyone’s wine needs, even in an emergency!
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