It finally happened, I took a day off. No jewelry, no computer (at least in the afternoon), no chores or family obligations. Saturday I went out and enjoyed myself!
There was a winery that I was interested in visiting, Hauser Estate, that I found through Uncork York. They’re located in the foothills of the Appalachians not far from Gettysburg, PA. I was drawn to them because they have a tasting room with a wall of windows looking out over Adams County. They have art on the remaining walls, a patio, a deck, and a bar. But you probably are wondering about the wine, aren’t you?
Many of the wineries in PA feature fruit wines. I am not a fan of sweet wines in general, but especially not fruit wines (with the exception of Nissley’s tart Montmorency Cherry.) So I was excited to find out that Hauser specializes in dry reds!
I tried five reds and one white (Jennie Wade white which was surprisingly OK considering I don’t like white wine.) My favorites were the Chambourcin and the Cabernet Franc. Both of these wine types are commonly found in the south central PA/northern MD area. I’ve had chambourcin in every winery I’ve been to in PA and I have to say that Hauser Estates is my favorite in this style. It was smooth and dry with a slight tang to it.
Along with the fabulous tasting, there were some wonderful views of the apple orchards and the round barn that I enjoyed while sipping my wine on the patio. The Adams County Arts Council also had a show featuring some local artists at the winery, a band was playing on and off, and two artists were painting plein air. On my way home I relaxed some more while meandering along a wooded creek. Taking a drive like this helps to clear my head and I ended the day relaxed and happy.