It could not have been a more perfect summer day. The temperature was pleasantly moderate, the breeze off the lake refreshing, the company of a long time friend. The icing on the cake was lunch and wine tasting at the Burning Kiln Winery.Nothing I had heard about the winery had prepared me for the treat I experienced.
The place is not pretentious at all. An old farm house in front, an old tobacco kiln on one side, a barn, a patio and a food truck. Who would have guessed my friend and I were in for one of the most relaxing days of our summer and some of the best food and wine we could have imagined.
We had just been looking for a place to have lunch and it occurred to me the winery might be good to try because I had never been and my friend, who is from out of the area, had never even heard of it.
Upon arrival we were greeted by a very a very knowledgeable and helpful young server who offered a wine tasting. Not being great adventurers we were not sure what that would involve but in the ensuing hour we tasted some of the best wine we had ever experienced and were educated about the method used to make this very unique line of wines. The cost of our wine tasting experience was deducted from the price of the bottles we left with.
At the stand up bar we were given a choice of red or white tasting. I chose the red and my friend the white. Then we split the tasting of the very popular but pricey “Kiln Hanger 2011”. My personal favourite is the “Broken Needle Rose” and I’m not usually a Rose drinker. While I don’t think I will ever be much of a connoisseur I did learn about “legs” and I certainly enjoyed having the time to linger over a wine before deciding to buy it.
The building is quite lovely but there was a meeting going on the room where the kegs and vats are so we couldn’t go in. A meeting there for a group of about 20 would be a wonderful experience I’m sure. It would be ideal for a company retreat/planning meeting.
As we moved to the patio for lunch we asked for some suggestions from our wine server. Let me tell you, David’s Food Truck is not your average food truck. We only had two appetizers which we split and there would not have been room for a meal after although we did manage to find room for desert which was equally tasty. David’s Restaurant on Tour offers a wide range of options and you don’t have to stand in line like other food trucks. I was so happy to be waited on and the service was very good.
What we had expected to be a little lunch turned into a leisurely afternoon and we were disappointed to have to leave. The only thing that could have made our day better was a designated driver and another glass of wine. On the weekends that would be possible if those wishing to visit used the South Coast Shuttle, a public transportation weekend service of Ride Norfolk.
The #Burning Kiln is truly an experience that should not be missed.