Next weekend on April 18th, we are kicking off our spring wine tour season, and what better way than to incorporate our Hunt Country tour with the Middleburg Spring Races! The Spring Race is an exciting horse race that benefits INOVA/Loudoun Hospital, Glenwood Park Trust and other local charities. If you’ve never been to a horse race, this is one you shouldn’t miss! We will be starting our tour with a visit to Boxwood Winery, then head to the race to watch the horses and enjoy a fabulous lunch, then finish at the Greenhill Winery. Want to get inspired for this fun event? Why not host a horse race themed party?
Set the mood with a few bales of hay, fresh flowers, yellow ribbons, and jockey hats. Ask your guests to dress to the nines with their own fascinators and hats as well! Use tin pails to fill with tulips, hydrangea, and roses as centerpieces, and cover tables with green tablecloths with napkins in a black and white houndstooth pattern. If you make drink and food tags, use twine to tie them on.
No party is complete without games! Why not play a game of horseshoe? Hold a contest for the most outrageous fascinator or the fanciest couple. For younger guests, play ‘pin the tail on the horse’ or, if the weather is nice, they can race from one end to another to see who wins!
Of course, food and drinks are important at any party. Serve easy appetizers that will keep your guests satisfied. Carrots and dip, fried chicken strips, crab cakes, grilled sausage slices, mini quiches and a diverse platter of cheese are a good place to start. Mini pecan pies, bourbon balls, fresh fruit and pastries will delight their sweet tooth. But to have a proper horse race party, the most important offerings are the drinks! Traditional horse race cocktails consist of Mint Julep, Bellini, Long Island Iced Tea, and sparkling Champagne. But who says you can’t buck tradition? Serve wine instead!
We are a big fan of the Boxwood Winery‘s Rose; it’s light and fruity, and pairs well with both the food and the season. We also recommend trying the Sparkling Blanc de Blanc wine from Greenhill. The subtle pear aromas and grapefruit flavors go well with the cheeses and lighter fare. Of course, if you prefer red wines, we recommend the Philosophy 2012 by Greenhill. This blend of Bordeaux, Merlot, Cabernet Franc is bright with raspberry and strawberry fruit flavors.
Enjoy preparing for our spring kickoff, and we encourage you to book your spot with us as soon as possible; space is limited for this special tour. Contact us to reserve your seat, and to learn more about our upcoming tours!