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Orfila Winery

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member

The Orfila Winery is a great place to stop for a while. We entered the large building through the door at the east and found before us a huge open area with a large selection of antiques and furniture. Bales of hay, pumpkins, and orange accented floral arrangements reminded visitors of the time of year. At the rear west end of the building was a counter with an assortment of jams and preserves and accompanying crackers set out for tasting. There did not seem to be anyone about to man the station, so we had a few nibbles and then moved on to the front of the building for the main event—the wine tasting!

Jeff Cox had a good selection of wines set out—Pinot noir, Sangiovese, Merlot, Shiraz, Riesling, tawny port—and he served them in order. The first taste was free, but who could stop at one when there were so many other delicious wines to try. Four dollars would buy another four or five good size tastes and you could keep the glass which was etched with the Orfila Winery label. Make sure the driver just has the one free taste!

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