Spring decided to come early in Richmond a few weeks ago, so I decided that I would take a random Friday off for a long weekend with Michael. Then he decided to take his real estate exam (and PASSED! Proud of you babe!) so it gave us a worthwhile excuse to celebrate! The minor detail here is that the early Spring weather decided to take a few steps back and we had a 40 degree winter day off instead. But whatever, you can’t win ’em all.
Upper Shirley is a new winery about 20 minutes outside of Richmond, and about as close to my high school as I’ll ever get again. It seemed gorgeous, had a full menu, and was a little easier to get to than driving out to Charlottesville for a good winery. To avoid the crowds, we decided we’d go when I had a day off during the week and it was perfect. Because of the oddly low temperature and high winds, the tasting room/restaurant area was pretty full, and who know that middle-aged women do party bus tours at 2 o’clock on a Friday? I didn’t until the other day. I’m convinced that if I ever get arrested, it’ll be because of a 36 year old housewife at a winery, but luckily Friday wasn’t that day.
Mini wine glasses are pretty cute.
For lunch, we started with the truffle frites & vineyard board (manchego de la mancha, chorizo, tomato conserve, ham salad, pimento cheese, olives, pickled vegetables, baguette) and then somehow thought we’d need more food and we ordered the pulled pork sandwich to share (aka take home because we didn’t need this at all). The truffle fries might go down as my favorite food ever and if I die, please sprinkle them over my dead body so I have them forever. They were that good, and I like to pride myself as a potato connoisseur (fries, chips, mashed potatoes) — they’re all a problem in our house. I’ve never been a charcuterie person (hell, I just learned how to pronounce it this week), but I guess put some pimento cheese on a board and you really can’t go wrong.
After lunch, we were so full and decided to skip a tasting and just order a bottle, which wasn’t very smart because we ordered the Viognier which neither of us were huge fans of (drank it anyway) since it was so sweet, so take my professional advice and do a tasting first. The winery itself had plenty of outdoor seating and land right up against the water so it really wouldn’t be too bad even on a crowded day with a picnic blanket so we’ll be back soon for sure. The fries and board are non-negotiable.