Monday, September 20, 2010

Bluemont Fair

Last Saturday I visited the Bluemont Fair, which is held on the third weekend of September every year. This one was a duplicate of last year's, with sparkling, mild, brilliant sunny weather. There were vendors, craft and animal displays, games and children's entertainments, live music of different kinds, historic showpieces, and plenty of food. There was also a wine tasting area, which I visited first. Behind the wine tasting area was a sunlit green field where placid cattle grazed. It was rural September-calendar-page paradise. I drew this little sketch of part of the general store, which is open only on Fair days. After the fair, Bluemont returns to country obscurity, in the middle of super-rich estate and horse country. And increasingly, wine country. Despite the negative attitudes of wine snobs, Virginia's wineries are multiplying quickly and selling a lot of wine. My favorite at the Bluemont fair tasting was a Chardonnay from Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, VA.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a great trip. Wine research and wonderful weather.