Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Land Called Honah Lee

"Honah Lee" (yes, it's from the song "Puff, the Magic Dragon") is not a winery, but a tasting room on a hillside full of vineyards. The vines go well up a hill from the little tasting room, up the grassy hill where there are also turkey coops, market gardens, and beehives. Mrs. Preddy, one of the owners, took me on a tour in a noisy red ATV cart, something I've always wanted to ride on. The cart is small enough to go between the rows of vines, so that they can ride and prune the rampant grape branches. The grapes were almost ripe; within two weeks the harvest will start.

Inside the lovable cabin, they serve wines from well-known Virginia winemakers as well as home-made cookies, pastries, and fudge. There are also local vegetables, honey, jams, and sauces. Even more, some of the cases in the display contain jewelry hand-made by the owners' family. These folks are Eric and Brandy, who run the tasting room and much of the farm as well.

My hours at Honah Lee were one of my favorite moments of this summer so far. I did a color drawing page while sipping their rose'.

Honah Lee tasting cabin is colored pencil on sketchbook page, 7 1/2"  x  5 1/2", August 10, 2013.

No comments: