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CLIFTON WINE SHOP, LUNCH & DESSERT
Saturday, May 16, 2015

On Saturday, May 16th, 12:00 pm, the Straight Eights will gather in historic Clifton, Virginia, for a wine shop tour and lunch followed by dessert and coffee at member Rich Cardinale’s home.

The Clifton Wine Shop and Tasting Room has agreed to host an informative, personalized wine consultation for club members starting at 12:00 pm (noon). Wine shop owner Lucinda, who has extensive knowledge of wines, has selected six wines to review and will offer brief, but informative, explanations about the background and composition of the wines. The cost of the session will be $6.00, which includes snacks.

Afterward, between 1:00 pm and 1:15 pm, members will walk to one of Clifton's newest and most highly rated restaurants, Trattoria Villagio. Located in a newly renovated, historic building adjacent to the Clifton Wine Shop, the restaurant has put together a special menu of lunch offerings ranging in price from $8.00–$14.00 and will host the club in its events room located on the second floor. Members are invited to grab a beverage and visit the restaurant's enclosed outdoor piazza, complete with fireplace. Unfortunately, space limitations will not allow us to have lunch on the piazza.

While in Clifton, club members are encouraged to explore this beautiful old town, which is described on its website as a "quaint relic of the past" and "functioning a few decades behind the rest of the world." Clifton's small, but charming, "downtown" is composed of houses that are almost all more than 120 years old. In addition to several restaurants, the town boasts a general store (complete with vintage Texaco sign outside), ice cream shop, florist, antique collector, and two gift shops, as well as a train crossing that dates to the 1800s.

From there, members are invited to Rich Cardinale's home, located approximately eight miles away (a pleasant drive), for coffee, dessert, and conversation.

Directions to Clifton:

From DC:

Take Route 66 West for approximately 19.7 miles and then take Exit 55A, the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 286) South exit toward Springfield. After approximately 1 mile, merge onto Lee Highway (US 29) South and proceed for approximately 1.6 miles, turning left onto Clifton Road. Follow Clifton Road for approximately 4.2 miles and turn right onto Main Street. There is a parking lot adjacent to the Wine Shop as well as street parking throughout downtown Clifton.

Maryland:

Take Route 495/95 South toward Richmond, crossing over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Continue on 495, and when you reach the mixing bowl (intersection of 95, 395 and 495), continue on Route 495 West toward Tyson's Corner. Take the Braddock Road West exit (Exit 54A). Continue on Braddock Road west for approximately 2.1 miles, then turn left onto Burke Lake Road. Continue on Burke Lake Road for 4.8 miles, then turn right onto Ox Road (VA Route 123) and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn left onto Chapel Road and continue for 3.5 miles and right onto Main Street. The Clifton Wine Shop will be on your right.

Directions to Rich Cardinale's house:

Start out going southeast on Main Street toward Chapel Road. Turn left onto Chapel Road and follow it approximately 3.5 miles to Ox Road (VA Route 123). Turn right on to Ox Road and drive approximately 4.2 miles to Silverbrook Road. Turn left onto Silverbrook Road and drive for approximately 1.5 miles, turning left onto Bayberry Ridge Road. Take the second right onto Copperleaf Lane and the first left onto Copperleaf Court. Rich's house is the fourth house on the left: # 8406 Copperleaf Court.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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