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The Slater family, including mom Alice, dad Bob, daughter Kiernan Slater Patusky, and son-in-law Christopher Patusky teamed up to create Slater Run Vineyards. To showcase their wines, they bought and renovated one of the historic stone cottages lining the road in Upperville, and called it The Local Taste. To say it's charming would be a serious understatement.
Slater Run Vineyards wines are poured beside other wines from around the world. Estate wines include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose', and Cabernet Franc, as well as two Bordeaux blends called First Bridge and Roots. And with well over 100 well-curated bottles available for purchase, you don't have to limit yourself just to what you've sampled during your tasting.
Neal Wavra, owner of the celebrated Field & Main Restaurant in Marshall, organized the wine selection originally. Though the menu will change as availability shifts around, wine lovers will appreciate the range of interesting choices, such as a food friendly Rose' from France's Tavel region, Touriga from Portugal, Tannat from Uruguay, and a dessert wine from Chateau Kalian, the winemaker's family's vineyard in Monbazillac in France. Or you might prefer the Krug Blanc de Blancs from Champagne for $1100? And if you're looking for a clue as to who else in Virginia is making really good wine, you'll spot those bottles here, as well.
Alica Slater makes the Virginia ham biscuits and flourless chocolate cake for sale in the tasting room, or you're welcome to bring food from the Upperville Country Store and take a seat on the outdoor patio.
There is plenty of parking available immediately behind the building as well as behind the Upperville Country Store next door. You'll also find an electric car charger.
Want to visit Slater Run winery and vineyard directly? Slater Run is open the first weekend of each month, May through October, from 12-6. The address is 1500 Crenshaw Road, Upperville VA 20184.
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