It was a warm, smooth, breezy morning as the sun rose over the hills of Bull Run, outside of Manassas, Virginia. The summer winds whispered through the field grass, it was peaceful and serene. At least for a time it was, until the 35,000-strong army of Brigadier General Irvin McDowell crested the hill to meet the forces of Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard. It was July 21, 1861 and the first major and decisive land battle of the American Civil War was about to begin, in a day when battlefield honor was acknowledged and rules of war were followed. Indeed, these two men both fighting for their sides' causes prepared to lay down their lives: one to keep a nation united, if it meant his life, by crushing a rebellion; the other to preserve the rights given to us by the Constitution, should it require his life as well. These were the days of America!
Now, perched perfectly on the old battlefield of so long ago that gave the Confederacy the upper-hand is a beautiful winery offering many varietals of wine in keeping with the best traditions of the Civil War. This author had the grand pleasure of attending a tasting in good old wine country of the Northern Virginia AVA, and was taken on a tour of the historical remembrance of that great battle. By leapfrogging from wine varietal to the next (semi-sweet white to dry red) I was engulfed in the battle, in the history, and oh how the wine helped in the painting of the picture. The sommelier addressing the vintages showed me her passion for her product and the power behind her vineyard. What a delightful experience!
I would highly recommend a day trip to The Winery at Bull Run, for some of the best crafted Virginia Wines, and a dose of American History.