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December 27, 2008

The Wine Thief, originally uploaded by Fish eyed.

I (N) intended to take a day off from blogging and that turned into two days. The in laws are in town and they like to get out and explore so yesterday we headed south towards Delaware to check out the Brandywine Valley. My Dad had mentioned it when he was here and since J. and I had never been it would be new for all of us. It was also a good way to check out some local places and support local vendors.

We planned on hitting two wineries Va-La and Chaddsford, an antique store, and Booth’s Corner farmer’s market. We ended up visiting all those and a small quilt shop I noticed at a stoplight :).

Chaddsford is definitely a must see, they buy many of their grapes from other farmers so you won’t see fields of grape vines but the store is quite nice and you can see the large stainless steel tanks that they ferment their wine in. The wine itself is pretty good and most cost between $12-$20 a bottle. They have different wines available for tasting each day but there is always a nice selection of whites, reds, and dessert wines. It cost $7 a person and you get to keep your wine glass. Personally I preferred the wineries in Colorado that let you taste for free but don’t give you a glass. After all I don’t need anymore wine glasses and now these are destined for Goodwill.

Va-La on the other hand smells like poo- seriously! I guess they are by mushroom farms which use a lot of poo but really I don’t want to smell poo while tasting wine. Wine tasting there is $10 and we decided against it so I couldn’t tell you how the wine tastes.

Booth’s Corner advertises itself as a farmer’s market but really it’s a flea market. There are a couple of food places and we ended up having some amazing sliced pork sandwiches that were 2 for 1. So not only was it tasty and local but it was also cheap. I don’t see any handmade items for sale and all the food stalls were selling bananas and oranges which are not local to PA. I was really disappointed.

I can’t remember the names of the antique store but it was a bunch of different vendors in a large building and there are a lot of antique stores out there specializing in different things.

All in all it was a fun day and a relatively low cost way to take the parents out sight seeing.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2008 8:52 am

    Sounds like fun. Too bad the farmer’s market was dissappointing. I found one guy at one of the local markets selling bananas and oranges this summer. Ugh.

  2. December 27, 2008 6:08 pm

    N, is the Brandywine Valley the home of Brandywine tomatoes?

    • badhuman permalink*
      December 30, 2008 6:21 am

      I don’t know, no one there seems to claim that but when I did some research the first known location was Ohio but that farmer says he got it from a friend and her family had it for at least 80 years. But no one seems to know where she and her family is from. It could easily have gotten from PA to Ohio so it is a possibility.

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