barrel oak winery‘s motto is “real people. real passion. real virginia wine.” there is definitely a friendly, low-key, familial feel to this winery and i’m so thankful that it’s only an hours drive from dc. we spent this past saturday in their adorable cabin-style wine area snacking, laughing and imbibing some pretty tasty wines. i was partial to the chocolately, coffee-ish port style wine, and i’m not even a dessert wine gal. it was too cold for the outdoor portion to be open which is my favorite, with the fire pits and dogs running galore. word has it they’ll be opening a brew pub and cinema in the near future, and i can’t wait to go back and enjoy it all in the warmer weather.