Finally it dawned on me that we could avoid Winchester altogether by heading south on 522 to Front Royal and thence by 340 to Glen Manor Vineyards where we could get some Petit Manseng and some Sauvignon Blanc. On our way out the door, we put together a small feast of casalingo, chorizo, cheese, olives, grapes, and a few slices of lamb terrine. Ann baked a delicious loaf of bread for the day and it rode south with us still cooling in the back seat. Neoprene wine insulating bags, check; corkscrew, check; blanket, check; napkins, check; bottles of water, check; knife, check.
And so we arrived at Glen Manor and chatted with both Jeff and Kelly for a few minutes before following the south fork of the Shenandoah River to Luray via Browntown and Bentonville. Wine, check.
At Luray we took 211 west past the Caverns and climbed up Massanutten Mountain from Page Valley through New Market Gap and down into the main part of the Shenandoah Valley to New Market. With Great North Mountain on our left and Signal Knob on our right, we headed north on the old valley pike from New Market towards Mt. Jackson. Meem's Bottom Bridge lies just south of Mt. Jackson over the north fork of the Shenandoah River.
Turning west off the pike, we drove down the long allée of sugar maples to the bridge. Once there under the shade of a massive sugar maple and an even more massive black walnut, we realized that it was a touch chilly. The day had turned out overcast, cool, and threatening rain, but it sure didn't start that way.
And we also realized: wine glasses, uh, uh, no check! Doh! Jeff's 2011 dry Petit Manseng is a thing of beauty. It is hard to imagine a more perfect picnic wine and I imagine we will sell a lot of it at the restaurant this summer.
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