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The John Marshall Experience wine tastings

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Editorial Review

Step inside a little bit of history in this estate that's been refurbished for formal wine tastings. Upon arrival guests, are offered a sumptuous menu to choose from tastings of Virginia wines, Barrel Oak's higher-end wines, or wholly European offerings. Each wine is paired with small bites such as sopressata with dried fig, or a tart brimming with mango salsa. Reservations are required for the weekend tastings, and guests can choose their own price range ($25 to $75 a person, through Oct. 28). The tastings not only include wines from across the globe, but also heartier pours, with each flight kicking off with sparkling wine and ending with a sip of Madeira.

-- Lavanya Ramanathan (Aug. 17, 2012)