November Field Trip Friday • Desert Rose Ranch & Winery

November Field Trip Friday • Desert Rose Ranch & Winery

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Welcome to the November Edition of Field Trip Friday!

Field Trip Friday is a blog series created in response to readers who want to know more about the area we live in. We are close to many tourist attractions, so these reviews highlight the local food and beverages that can be found near them.

Today’s edition of Field Trip Friday is about our recent visit to Desert Rose Winery, in Hume, Virginia. Normally we would share a visit to a restaurant also, but Desert Rose Winery provided our meal for a special evening.

Before I begin with today’s great place, I just want to say that I’m not being compensated in any way for this post. Field Trip Friday posts are based on a good-faith, honest opinion of some of the places David and I visit. I will admit, the research is fantastic! 😋 

Desert Rose Ranch and Winery

Desert Rose Ranch and Winery is located at 13726 Hume Road in
Hume, Virginia. Hume is an unincorporated community located in Fauquier County, just 5 miles south of I-66 and runs along Virginia State Route 688, east of the Rappahannock County line.

Desert Rose opened in 2011. It is a family-run winery with a unique western ranch flair owned and operated by Bob and Linda Claymier.

“We take our wine and wine making very seriously but not ourselves.”

The Desert Rose Winery Motto
cowboy parking only sign

Desert Rose originally began as a ranch, nationally recognized breeding and training facility of purebred Arabians and part-bred Arabian sport horses. However, Bob and Linda’s love for wine and wine making lead them to expand the operation to include a winery facility.

Bob and Linda have lived and traveled all around the world. Money from their ventures is on display in the horseshoe tasting bar. You can also admire other mementos from around the globe on display in the ranch-style tasting room. Not to mention the many crafts that Linda makes.

money displayed in tasting bar
Money displayed from all over the world on the bartop.
Desert Rose Ranch & Winery Tasting Room

David and I have been visiting Desert Rose Winery since they opened for business in 2011. In fact, their tasting room is what made David and I choose log wood siding for our home.

David and I were in the process of building our home (read about that more HERE) and he was against putting the log siding on our house. Until the day we visited Desert Rose. When we saw the log siding in real life it was just beautiful. After our visit, I contacted Bob about the siding used on their tasting room building. He was very kind to give us some tips and advice about the siding.

Since then, we have visited Desert Rose Ranch and Winery many times. It’s a casual and fun environment and Bob, Linda and their staff are so friendly and kind. The warm welcoming environment is fun to be around and well the wine speaks for itself!

glass of Desert Rose wine

A couple of weeks ago David and I were lucky enough to attend the last of the Late Night Fridays at Desert Rose.

Late Night Fridays was a series of live music with food and wine pairings, in which the winery stayed open late the last Friday of each month through summer and fall.

I figured our visit would make a good Field Trip Friday for David and me to share with you. However, it was the day of the event when I realized we could attend. I contacted Desert Rose that morning to see if it was too late for a reservation for the food offering. Allison, the tasting room manager, had to check with the caterer first. Thankfully they were gracious enough to include us that evening on very short notice. So we went left work Friday and went to Desert Rose Winery.

David and Debbie wine tasting at Desert Rose Ranch and Winery

After a two hour commute (I-66 drama), we made it to Desert Rose. The traffic was awful and we were thirsty! Allison was kind enough to pour the wine to melt off the craziness of the traffic.

We found a table and sat down to the great music of Kenny Ray Horton. Kenny is a “Gold-Record Awarded Singer/Songwriter, Active Duty Navy Sailor, Entertainer, Husband, and Dad”.

He did a lot of storytelling in between songs. Kenny is a great entertainer and we enjoyed his stories about Nashville and his songwriting.

One of my favorite songs he performed has yet to be released. It’s called “Let it Grow”. Which is about the faith of a farmer. As a farmer’s daughter this song brought tears to my eyes. I can’t wait to share that one with my farming family back home.

pasta and wine pairing for the evening

Our food arrived shortly after we sat down and the chef from Charlemagne Catering Company hand-delivered it himself. He presented us with a large plate of Blackened Scallop Alfredo with Double Stuffed Garlic Bread. The pasta was paired with the Desert Rose Fiery Run Cab Franc.

David and I enjoyed a late night at Desert Rose Ranch and Winery. Not only did we only have to make one stop, but Desert Rose is only a few minutes from home. We enjoyed our evening and hope to participate again!

At this time we would like to thank Allison, for accommodating us on such short notice. And Carmen for putting up with David’s unrefined comments. 😉

To learn more about Desert Rose Ranch and Winery or to plan your visit, www.desertrosewinery.com

That concludes this edition of Field Trip Friday. I hope you enjoyed hearing about the local food and beverages we experienced.

Did you enjoy hearing about the two places we visited? Want to hear about more places we visit on Field Trip Friday? Comment below.

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Click [HERE] to read our other Field Trip Friday Local Food & Beverage Reviews.

Disclaimer: In no way was The Mountain Kitchen, LLC compensated in any way for promotion of these establishments. Field Trip Friday posts are written on good faith, honest opinions. Our opinions are based on our own personal opinion at the time of service.
However, we would gladly accept a deep discount off future purchases… 😉

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