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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Loudoun's Breaux

Breaux Vinyards is a must see for those in range of northern Virginia. This beautiful location features gentle rolling hills lined with graped fences. The stucco and tile roof building is flanked by an emerald green ridge. Spacious seating areas provide the feeling of a European contryside. Surprisingly, all of their many wines are produced using only grapes grown by them.

If the surroundings are not enough to bring you out to Breaux, the seemingly unlimited knowldege of this wine guru will. While serving sample glasses from their selection, this gentleman provided in depth knowledge of thier processes and other those of other wineries. He also made note of local wine making players, history and regional information. The best ten dollars I've spent lately, the wine is excellent. Directions to Breaux are here:

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Loudoun County Fair 2008

The well attended Loudoun County Fair ended on Saturday after an incredibly hot week. The layout pretty much followed the previous year but fun was had by all. Where else in Loudoun can you eat fried cheesecake and mingle with livestock?

This goat has blazing blue eyes that were overshadowed only by his unique voice. He had a unique mix of snorts and vocal utterances that gave him human-like appeal. I give him first place for coolness.

This was my first rodeo and I must say that it exceeded my expectations. Sure it looks dangerous on TV, but seeing it in person puts it into perspective. The bulls aren't small, trained or cute. Intermission featured young children riding sheep, what a hoot!

Many of the same rides were featured this year. Organizers, I think we need to mix it up a bit.

This tiny woman wrangled a sheep into submission and had it sheered in about 90 seconds. Most of the wool came off in one piece. The newly shaved sheep appeared about half it's size when done.

I always get a kick out of the posters children make for thier show animals (I've featured several over the years). They demonstrate the pride taken in raising their livestock. A select few are rewarded with county ribbons.