Take a bow, BOW (Barrel Oak Winery)!

July 22, 2013 9:50 pmBy: 

bowThis is the first of an occasional series about wineries in Northern Virginia.

Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, owned by Brian and Sharon Roeder, deservedly gets rave reviews from almost everyone. But if you’re not fond of dogs, Barrel Oak (BOW) is not the place for you. The most dog-friendly of all the NoVa wineries, BOW has their own four resident winery dogs, and welcomes friendly dogs of all sizes both inside and out. They often host fundraisers and adoption events for local dog rescues, and breed and dog-related Meetup groups are welcome.

BOW is, as Brian Roeder says, about community. Their focus is on people exploring Virginia wines, and sharing that experience with friends and family. BOW’s core demographic is people 30-45, including parents with young children, but their patrons range from 8 months to 80 years old. On any given day, you’ll see a wide variety of happy customers enjoying the wine and the atmosphere of this friendly, inviting establishment.

Unlike many other local wineries, BOW encourages patrons to bring in their own food, although they often host food vendors on the weekend. This is a big plus for vegans, who may not find much to eat in a winery with crackers, cheese and sausage as the food options. Vegans will also appreciate that Sharon Roeder and Rick Tagg, the winemakers, use bentonite as the fining agent for the wines. A strict vegan may want to double-check a particular wine, but it’s nice to know that there is a NoVa winemaker who is sensitive to your dietary concerns.

Opened in May 2008, BOW grows their own grapes, and makes the wine on-premises, adding grapes from small family vineyards in Virginia as needed. Sharon and Rick have won more than 100 local and international awards for their wines, and are justifiably proud of their achievement in just five years. You’re welcome to wander through the vineyards, and the production area is open for visiting, as well. Guided tours are also available. There are tasting areas set up both inside and outside (weather permitting), so there is rarely a wait to taste the current offerings. For the summer, there is also sangria, both red and white, available to wet your whistle and keep you cool.

If you don’t have time for a visit to the winery, you can also taste and buy BOW’s wines at their shop next to the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg. If you fancy an adult-only, dog-free wine experience, the Roeders also opened Oak Hill Estates next door to BOW. At Oak Hill, the Roeders offer the John Marshall Tasting Experience, pairing rare wines with unique food items designed to complement the wine. All three establishments are able to host events.

For family or friends who want to spend a day in the countryside, enjoying wine, dogs and friendly people, Barrel Oak Winery is a great choice of venue!

Comments

More Top Stories

  • Education Langley Oakton Top Stories Langley, Oakton students featured in “Sleepless in America”

    Langley, Oakton students featured in “Sleepless in America”

    Students from Langley High School and Oakton High School, Superintendent Karen K. Garza, and Fairfax County School Board member Sandy Evans will be featured in “Sleepless in America,” a television show on sleep deprivation produced by the National Geographic Channel, premiering Sunday, November 30, at 8 p.m. The show focuses on the sleep-loss epidemic in the U.S. and explores the health consequences of sleeping too little.  Sleep researchers from the University of Chicago and Oregon Health and Science University are […]

    Read more →
  • Military Top Stories Warner, Kane back toughening Military Lending Act

    Warner, Kane back toughening Military Lending Act

    U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, along with 40 of their Senate colleagues, today sent a letter in support of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) plan to update the Military Lending Act (MLA) and close existing loopholes to better protect servicemembers and their families from abusive financial practices.  The letter, sent to U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, expresses strong support for the proposed new rule to help prevent lenders from charging excessive fees and taking advantage of military […]

    Read more →
  • Top Stories Transportation Wintry mix in store Wednesday as Thanksgiving trips commence

    Wintry mix in store Wednesday as Thanksgiving trips commence

    It couldn’t come at a worse time. The dread Mid-Atlantic wintry mix is closing in on Fairfax and the D.C. area just in time for Wednesday, traditionally one of the busiest travel days of the year, as families and friends reunite for the Thanksgiving holiday. Virginia Department of Transportation crews are preparing for a mix of rain and snow expected across northern Virginia Wednesday. About 400 trucks will be staged throughout Loudoun, Fairfax, Prince William and Arlington counties early Wednesday morning […]

    Read more →
  • Military Top Stories NORAD exercises over the Washington area Monday night

    NORAD exercises over the Washington area Monday night

    Russia has been flexing its muscles lately, sending long-range bombers around the globe, from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. While no one is saying there’s any connection, the North American Aerospace Defense Command says it will be conducting exercises over the Washington area between midnight tonight (Monday) and 2 a.m. Tuesday. The exercises are carefully planned and closely controlled, NORAD said in a press advisory, adding that NORAD has conducted exercise flights of this nature throughout the U.S. […]

    Read more →
  • Consumers Top Stories WaPo to Washington: Drop dead

    WaPo to Washington: Drop dead

    Ever since billionaire Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post, there’s been the expectation that he would come up with a mind-bending digital solution to the enigma the Internet presents to newspapers and other print publications. “Maybe he’ll give every subscriber a Kindle,” one journalist speculated at a local watering hole shortly after Bezos bought the paper in the summer of 2013. It turns out to be just the opposite: Subscribers have to have their own Kindle Fire (the […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Top Stories Vienna Transit police release sketch of carjacking “person of interest”

    Transit police release sketch of carjacking “person of interest”

      Metro Transit Police today released a composite sketch of a person of interest wanted for questioning in acarjacking/kidnapping that occurred on November 12 shortly before 10:30 p.m. at the Vienna Metrorail Station parking lot. The victim reported that a suspect approached her vehicle as she was exiting the Vienna Metrorail Station, displayed a handgun, entered the vehicle and forced her to drive to several establishments in Prince George’s County to withdraw cash and make purchases. The suspect released the victim at the […]

    Read more →
  • Arlington County Government Top Stories Transportation Arlington scraps street cars, Bulova “saddened and disappointed”

    Arlington scraps street cars, Bulova “saddened and disappointed”

    Bowing to growing community opposition, the Arlington County Board of Supervisors is driving a stake through the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects, also effectively killing an ambitious program to encourage high-density development in both areas. The action follows the victory of streetcar opponent John Vihstadt to the Arlington board in the recent election. Vihstadt, who has labeled the streetcar project as “financial and operational albatross,” won a special election to the board in April, replacing transit advocate Chris Zimmerman. The […]

    Read more →
  • Police & Crime Top Stories Vienna Transit police investigate carjacking at Vienna Metro

    Transit police investigate carjacking at Vienna Metro

    Metro Transit Police are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a person of interest in a carjacking/kidnapping investigation. At approximately 12:40 a.m. Thursday, Metro Transit Police were notified of a carjacking/kidnapping incident. The victim reported that a suspect approached her vehicle as she was exiting the Vienna Metrorail Station, displayed a handgun, entered the vehicle and forced her to drive to several ATMs to withdraw cash.  The suspect released the victim at the New Carrollton Metrorail Station in Maryland and […]

    Read more →