Editors' pick

Doukenie Winery

Doukenie Winery photo
Lavanya Ramanathan/The Washington Post

Editorial Review

You not likely to ever encounter a bored wine pourer at Doukenie; every staff member has the enthusiasm of a wine buff. Sure enough, their name tags all read "wine educator." So go ahead, ask about the extensive mix of wines produced here, 90 percent of which are made with grapes grown on the estate. The red wines are the stars. Like many Virginia wineries, Doukenie has had success with dry cabernet franc, though the "Zeus" blend of merlot, tannat and petit verdot is a stunner, too.

If you've already been to Doukenie, it might be time for another visit: In 2011, the winery practically doubled the size of its tasting room, setting the stage for events such as the "bistro nights" every Friday through the end of September, when the winery hosts live music and occasionally, a pizza maker, and guests can buy wines by the glass for a perfect date night. Outside, the picturesque patio with a view of a small pond and the picnic tables scattered among the vines are sure to be a popular spot as the colors begin to turn.

-- Lavanya Ramanathan (Aug. 17, 2012)