Sipping wine made at Boxwood used to be a strictly off-site affair (the winery owns the popular chainlet the Tasting Room, with locations in Reston, Chevy Chase and National Harbor). But in June, Boxwood began opening its doors to drop-in visitors
on weekends. So unlike most busy wineries, there's a undiscovered quality to Boxwood, where the ultra-modern stone-and-steel tasting room remains sanctuary-like, at least for now. A tasting offers five wines (loaded, notably, with dry, smoky reds and one popular rose), but stick around to take in the jaw-dropping architecture (by Hugh Newell Jacobsen), which brings to mind an ultra-modern interpretation of a barn. Circular motifs extend from the tasting counter to the wine cave, where the barrels seem to float in the darkness in a ringlike formation. Neither the production room (dubbed the chai) nor the cave is open to the public, but guests can peek in through glass doors.
--Lavanya Ramanathan (Aug., 17, 2012)