Boxwood Estate Winery goes public

Since its opening six years ago, Boxwood — owned by John Kent Cooke, son of former Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke — has been very visible in its marketing, operating Tasting Room stores in Middleburg, Reston, Friendship Heights and National Harbor. Executive vice president Rachel Martin has promoted Boxwood and Virginia wines as far afield as New York City and London. But until now, Boxwood fans could visit the winery by appointment only.

The winery will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays, beginning June 8. Groups of six or more are asked to call ahead and reserve a time. Touring limos will be welcomed, but not buses. Outside seating will allow visitors to enjoy a glass of Topiary, a merlot-cabernet franc blend, or the Boxwood rose while enjoying views of the vineyard.

As part of this move, the Tasting Room in central Middleburg (just a five-minute drive from the winery) will close.

Boxwood offers three red wines, called Boxwood, Topiary and Trellis, modeled after different styles of Bordeaux, plus a rose of cabernet franc. The winemaker is Adam McTaggart, who works with famed Bordeaux consultant Stephane Derenoncourt.

Dave McIntyre is the wine columnist for The Washington Post. He also blogs at


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