The Piedmont Driving Club has enjoyed meeting at Temple Hall Experimental Farm, Leesburg, Virginia in the past. The venue provides an excellent opportunity for Club members to bring green horses, or horses that are just getting the feel of harness again after a long winter, out for a nice drive on gentle paths. Yes, there are areas where one can challenge one’s horse (and one’s skill as a whip) if one wishes to drive near odd looking cattle, goats, sheep, and even peacocks. There are also trails that wind through woods and across streams and there is no end to unusual-looking “stuff” — farm equipment, swing sets and even a two-story “lawn chair”(?!).
This time, however, a quick consensus was reached. Before challenging ourselves with any of the foregoing, why not head out of the grounds, down the road, and stop for a glass or two at one of the many wineries that populate this part of the county? Off we went, past Fabioli Cellars (scene of another wonderful PDC drive), and on to the very welcoming Winery32, a relatively new venture by a wonderful Maryland couple, Michael and Roxanne Moosher. The “32” refers to the number of Gloria peach trees that line the drive up to the tasting room. Peach wine???? Many in this driving Club have become purists…..after so many stops at so many wineries over the past few years we really didn’t believe that things other than GRAPES belong in wine. Roxanne PROMISED that indeed peaches can be a delicious component of a summery, dry white wine……and she was so right! We all loved the “Gloria’s Sunshine” so much that we downed 2 bottles on the spot! Then we tried the oaked Chardonnay, and then the “Being Koi”, a blend of Vidal Blanc and Triminatta. Indeed, Winery32 was a wonderful find. We lined our carriages up just beyond the tasting room and savored not only the wines but a spectacular, 360-degree, view of gorgeous farmland. The trip from Temple Hall and back was a bit over 6 miles and it is a trip we hope to take again and again! The fortunate PDC participants included Kitty Newman, Wayne Porter, Judy Hahn, Anne Watkins and Carl and Caroline Cox – 5 turnouts in all.
Back at Temple Hall, Judy Hahn took a spin around the farm while the rest of us unhitched and made ready for our picnic. We formed a circle on a sunny spot near our trailers and enjoyed host Caroline’s pork tenderloin, a profusion of salads and other sides, and “pie-by-Wayne.”