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500 DelFosse Winery Lane
Faber, VA 22938
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Tasting offered: Yes
Price: $10.00
Mon-Tue: No hours specified
Wed-Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

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Mario Stylianou

Location: MD

Wine: 1 stars Winery: 1 stars Ambiance: 1 starsAug 14, 2012

I went to DelFosse for their French Crepe Day on 8/12/2012 and it was one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had. My girlfriend and I love crepes so concluding our trip to this part of Virginia with a meal at a vineyard seemed like a perfect idea; the grounds are beautiful and well landscaped. The food was good but, while they may have world-class wines, the service was world-class awful. We should have known something was up when they were too busy and disorganized to seat us while we waited patiently. We had to stop one of the many waitresses zooming in and out of the kitchen to ask whether it was self-seating as they were not paying us any attention while racing by. Eventually a waitress came to take our order … and then the real trouble began. After we request two savory crepes, a cheese plate, and a dessert plate, we are told that the food cannot come out in three different flights, only all at once. I look at her quizzically – strange but fine (getting dessert after an entrée isn’t a monumental feat at most eateries) – so we cancel our dessert order per her instructions. The food comes out cold 30 minutes later and way after people whose orders were taken after ours had gotten theirs. We asked her to check in on it after 20 minutes and she reassured us that it was just still being made. The savory crepes were good overall and so was the cheese plate (albeit I’m pretty sure I have bought all those cheeses from Trader Joe’s at some point). One negative on the cheese plate, the fruits (apples and grapes) were not washed. Or maybe they were washed and then dropped into some dirt. You would think someone would at least rinse them under water for a moment but alas no. We finished eating and then tried to [re-]order our dessert (since the waitress told us to reorder when we were done). It took about 20 minutes more to get anyone to pay attention to us. My girlfriend walked up to the counter to take a water pitcher to fill up our glasses because no one had come by for so long – multiple servers saw, including ours (they certainly paid attention to her doing their job), this happen but still didn’t check in with us. The best was when our waitress would make eye contact with me and then just walk away. Another ten minutes later, she was finally over to take our dessert crepe order. The lone crepe took another 30 minutes to come out. She again insisted at the 20-minute mark that it was still being made. When it came, she only brought one fork out for the two of us. Having lost patience, I walk up to the kitchen/bar where she is and she ignores me again. Having lost more patience, I ask someone who looks like a manager standing next to her if they have any utensils here, which finally prompts some degree of service. Utensils in hand, we commence on the dessert crepe. Honestly, there’s not much to say about it – it’s bland, runny, unremarkable, and decidedly subpar. The check comes out 20 minutes later (I asked for it the moment she brought the dessert crepe out) and I had a real dilemma on the ethics of leaving a negative tip, similar to how I wish I could leave negative stars on this review. I hope that my comment of “Great food, TERRIBLE SERVICE” and a zero tip indicates to the manager that they need to rethink this faux-blonde pixie haircut employee’s future as a server or really any customer interaction. After hearing of my trip to this region, many of my friends and coworkers are interested in visiting themselves. I make it emphatically clear that they should never visit this establishment and to pass the message along if retelling my account of what was otherwise a wonderful weekend.

Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 starsSep 06, 2011

Favorite Wine: Meritage

If you want to just do a wine tasting and run, DefFosse Vineyards is not for you. First of all, your GPS possibly will not find the given street address, but don’t fret since the main highway signs clearly will point you in the right direction. Then follow the winding mountain road and have faith in the signage that tells you “You are almost there, 3.4 miles / 2.5 miles / 1.3 miles”, etc. Your driving efforts will take you to a mountain-like setting, though you are only at 900’ in the well appointed tasting room which is large enough to make you feel the hillside air. Because of bad weather (remember Hurricane Irene) I arrived late, but Claude, the owner, and his server host did not rush me through my extensive tasting. And oh, ~ there is so much to taste with one wine surprise after another. Viognier, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and many blends that will have you reaching deep into your pockets for appropriate funding. My favorite of the afternoon was DelFosse’s Meritage (41% Cab Franc/29% Petit Verdot/18% Merlot/12%Cab Sauv). Enjoy the day at DelFosse’s Vineyard and enjoy the well scripted wines

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