A few weeks ago we stopped into Crushed Cellars in the Waterford Cluster. This small, family-owned and operated winery is located literally on Route 9 in Purcellville, VA. We were en route to another destination and decided to stop in based on the good things we’ve been hearing within the wine blogging community. We were glad we did!
This winery is small, yet packs a personality that many lack. We were greeted by the friendly owner, Bob, who seated us at a table near the windows as the tasting bar was full. He was accommodating and immediately made us feel at home, like we were regulars and part of his usual crowd. The tasting room is bright and filled with natural light with modern features. The logo can’t be missed on the back of the white walls, and we loved the classic 80’s alternative tunes setting the mood for the perfect Saturday afternoon.
Bob started us off with their Vidal Blanc followed by their award winning Chardonnay– it was recently awarded the bronze medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition. If you’ve read any of our previous posts, you must know that Chardonnay is our go-to. This one was was delightful. Aged in both French Oak and Stainless Steel, the Chardonnay was well-balanced, smooth, with a subtle buttery finish, and left us wanting more, so we bought a bottle!
After the two whites we sampled their Meritage’s, I and II. We also left with a bottle of the 2013 Meritage, another San Francisco Bronze winner and a beautiful blend of Malbec, Merlot, and Cab Franc.
Throughout the tasting, Bob brought us a variety of food pairings which complimented the wine. Crushed Cellars bakes their own bread on-site, and sells a variety of local dips, cheeses, dressings, olive oils, tapenades, fresh eggs, and more! The customer service, as well as the knowledge Bob that imparted was unassuming and very familiar.
Tastings here are $5 for 4 wines (they are large servings). Crushed Cellars is dog-friendly, family-friendly, and is open Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm. Large groups are not allowed here, so make sure you call first if you’re planning to bring a crew with you. The winery features a patio and is also picnic friendly.
All in all– Bob is great. The wine is great. The food is great. Go.