Mar 11, 2015
A trip to Virginia’s wine country reveals stunning beauty combined with an easy southern charm, relatively unspoiled by tour buses or asphalt parking lots. Restaurants offering fine cuisine and creative wine and food pairings can be found in every area of Virginia’s wine country. Wine and food lovers know that a great wine and food pairing will be able to bring out the best features of both the wine and the food. The following seven restaurants feature a great selection of Virginia wines along with attentive service and excellent food.
Goodstone Inn and Restaurant – Middleburg
The Restaurant at Goodstone draws inspiration from the surrounding farmland to create fresh, seasonally inspired dishes with a refined French touch. The extensive wine list features over 30 local Virginia selections. The romantic setting and outstanding cuisine perfectly complement elegant wine selections such as the Pinot Noir Reserve from Patricia Green Cellars.
One Block West – Winchester
Chef and owner Ed Matthews creates unique farm-to-table menus nightly featuring fresh local ingredients. The wine list includes a large selection of regional Virginia wines. One Block West offers an enjoyable way to experience innovative cuisine and local wine pairings.
Fossett’s Restaurant – Charlottesville
Located at Keswick Hall at Monticello, this restaurant features fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the surrounding landscape. The award-winning wine list by sommelier Richard Hewitt features a novel selection of fine wines, including several Virginia wines. The outdoor terrace provides a scenic atmosphere for sampling Virginia wines paired with fresh seasonal cuisine.
The Inn at Meander Plantation – Locust Dale
This award-winning bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Virginia’s wine country. Period decor and classic dishes such as rack of lamb perfectly accompany a selection of local Virginia wines. The seasonal menu uses fresh, local ingredients and is often prepared using local Virginia wines. The inn is located on a historic plantation surrounded by the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Along with the gourmet cuisine and bucolic setting, visitors enjoy easy access to Monticello and Montpelier, the historic estates of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Madison.
The Roosevelt – Richmond
The Roosevelt features an all-Virginia wine list as well as several regional beer selections. The rustic ambiance is simple, quaint and charming. It provides a relaxing atmosphere for sampling expertly prepared cuisine and favorite Virginia wines such as the Octagon and Vermintino wines from Barboursville Vineyards.
Lemaire at Jefferson Hotel – Richmond
Featuring several Virginia wines on its extensive wine list, Lemaire also serves a Virginia wine as its house wine. Lemaire uses locally sourced Virginia ingredients to create modern cuisine with southern influences. Chef Walter Bundy is a Richmond native and focuses on fresh, regional and affordable menu selections. Popular menu items include the crab cakes and pulled pork quesadillas.
La Bella Italia – Virginia Beach
Newcomers and locals alike enjoy La Bella Italia’s fresh Italian food paired with local wines. The wine list features several Virginia selections including a Viognier from Breaux Vineyards. Favorite dishes include the Manicotti Classici and the Pollo Fantasia.