A Virginia Wine Lovers Adventure: Barboursville and the Palladio

Here in Virginia, we love our wineries, and we’re lucky to have close to 30 wineries and vineyards within 30 miles of the Iris Inn. One such vineyard is Barboursville, a stunning, historic estate. Barboursville is the only American winery founded by Italian winemaker Gianni Zonin, and it is “built on the grounds of Barboursville, the home of the 19th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, James Barbour” (Wikipedia). So, how about their wine? Barboursville is known more than anything else for their big, bold reds (though they offer white wines as well). There is, of course, the Octagon, which VirginiaWine.org calls “the most renowned red wine of Virginia.” Sip their Barbera, savor their Cabernet Sauvignon, and taste the Nebbiolo. These are quality wines rich in both European and American tradition. And what goes better with wine than fantastic cuisine? The Palladio Restaurant is an offshoot of Barboursville Vineyard where wine and food pairings elicit the full potential of the wine. Award-winning Chef Melissa Close Hart will treat your palate to bursts of perfectly paired flavors. For your appetizer, choose a mushroom and spinach salad, goat and garlic sausage, or a house-made charcuterie. For your first course, sink your teeth into bigoli pasta, fresh ricotta ravioli, or roasted fennel & potato gnocchi. For the second course, Palladio offers everything from vegetable filled pastry to braised and seared pork shoulder. And what dinner would be complete with dessert? How about a ladyfinger sponge cake dipped in espresso, an orange olive oil cake, or a chocolate and hazelnut tart? Break out your “business casual” attire, and prepare for indulgence at Palladio Restaurant. (Quick Tip: Lunch is casual at the Palladio, but a jacket is required for dinner.) Happy sipping!