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. . . Sampled Virginia's Homegrown Wines

Sunday, February 8, 2004; Page C02

. . . taken your sweet to sample some of Virginia's homegrown chardonnays, merlots and even dessert wines. One might not think that the climate of Virginia would be conducive to growing grapes, but many vineyards have thrived and produced award-winning wines.

Piedmont Vineyards and Winery, established in 1973, is one of Virginia's oldest chardonnay producers. It offers international medal-winning wines. The tasting room in The Plains is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from November to March and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. the rest of the year. (Matt Sheehan -- The Washington Post)

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The Blue Ridge WineWay is an alliance of Northern Virginia vineyards and wineries that are about an hour's drive from Washington. Tasting fees range from $2 to $75, and some locations require reservations. Many are offering Valentine's weekend specials that include tastings and hors d'oeuvres. More information about the wineries and vineyards is available at www.blueridgewineway.com.

Know of a uniquely Washington area experience or a place you always take out-of-towners? Send a note to haventlived@washpost.com. For previous features, go to www.washingtonpost.com/haventlived.

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