Just a quick post on a new winery that recently opened to the public after several years of being open by appointment only: Boxwood Winery.
Boxwood is owned by John Kent Cooke, son of the late (and long-time) owner of the Washington Redskins football team, Jack Kent Cooke. Boxwood is located west of Leesburg in Loudoun County. The indoor tasting room area is pretty small, with a central round tasting bar and then four smallish tables (with stools), one each of the four corners of the room.
From the tasting room, though, you can look into the barrel room, which has the barrels rather artfully arrayed in a big circle. And you can also look into the chai; in this case, chai is a French term meaning a storage area where the wine is undergoing fermentation, among other things.
Most tastings, whenever possible, are held outdoors on the patio shown in the photo. Cooke has decided that he wants to focus on red Bordeaux-style blends, no whites. We went there on a day when it was about 98 degrees in the shade (and there wasn’t much shade to be had!), perhaps not the best day to try all reds. But they were pretty good wines.
Boxwood also has several tasting rooms in the area, in Reston, Bethesda, and the National Harbor area, just south of DC on the Maryland side. Check them out!