West Virginia always makes me think of a John Denver song. Not one in particular, just all of them in general. And I got to go there on my way home from the annual Wine Bloggers’ Conference.
Yes, I am looking at the states that I am visiting out of order. Why? because some of them I will visit both coming and going… I will get to them… eventually. It has been a bad month for me.
The original plan didn’t include me driving through many of the parts of West Virginia that I wanted to visit. Doesn’t that figure. The Greenbrier for instance. A great resort and home of a bunker for the government in case of Armageddon (the real one… not the California car version). Given my new used fancy ve-hickle that was acquired two days before I hit the road, I was able to re-configure my trip. White Sulpher Springs was now on the list. Unfortunately, there was a golf tournament at the Greenbrier, so I couldn’t saunter into the lobby of the resort. Still, the area was quite beautiful.
On the other hand, the town of Matewan the subject of the movie by John Sayles was still not on my route. It seems awfully small so maybe it was for the best. I didn’t make it to anywhere in Bloody Mingo. I blame the Baldwin-Felts agents.
Even, even worse? I didn’t get to taste any West Virginia wine.
Very simply bad timing. I didn’t enter the state until nearly 6:30 pm and most of the wineries close before 6:00pm. sigh. These wineries were along my route and I hope to lay my hands on some of those wines very soon.
Watts Roost Vineyard — located closest to my entrance into the state had already closed for the evening. Given the number of tourists in town for the golf tournement, I am sure they were glad to close for the evening. Still, they are producing wines from Chambourcin, Leon Millot and Vidal Blanc as well as elderberry, blueberry and blackberry wines that I would like to try.
Gretchen Neuman, VinoVerve Editor August 22, 2011