Breaux Merlot (2001)
My wife and I visited Breaux two years ago and we made a return visit this past weekend, this time with our young daughter. This is by far the most kid-friendly winery we've ever visited. The complimentary coloring book, much like you see in some restaurants to keep the little one occupied, is a great idea but the patio area is adjacent to a large field where the kids can run around to their heart's delight. Word must have gotten around because the day we were there, plenty of families brought their children for a nice lunch and some play time on what turned out to be a fabulous sunny day.
After lunch, we brought home some of their highly regarded 2001 Merlot to have with our dinner of grilled orange beef kabobs. Merlot is one of Virginia's most promising varietals and Breaux's is one of the best we've ever had. It is medium bodied with supple tannins and a nice smooth finish. Smoky nose with cherry and plum flavors, this paired well with the kabobs. Spicier dishes would also be well complimented. Grade: A-