So, things are going well for me in the wine world right now. This past weekend my roommate Sherry and I decided that not only were we going to hold a small party at our apartment, but we were also going go to the ever popular winery here in Morgantown, WV.  We knew Forks of Cheat Winery was close, but we did not realize HOW CLOSE it was to our apartment. It was literally seven minutes up the road. Easy to get to and after the visit we were kicking ourselves for not going earlier.

Forks of Cheat is located at 2811 Stewartstown Road Morgantown, WV 26508. What we pulled up to was a cute, little house painted in green, purple and gold. A man came up from the field and introduced himself as Jerry, the founder and owner. He showed us around the estate and told us about his small business. The area has a total of 16 acres and they grow all of their grapes and fruit for their wines.

They also have an entire area where they hold weddings. If you are looking to hold a wedding at a winery in WV, this place would be perfect. The designated wedding area holds a maximum of 100 people and has an amazing overlook of the grounds. Sherry and I picked a wonderful time to go and visit the winery because it was a beautiful day and all I could think about was what it would be like to have a wedding at a vineyard. I think it is a marvelous idea.

The Forks of Cheat grounds. The wedding area is the purple and orange building on the left!

Afterwards, we went inside and looked around at all of the great gifts that they offer and tasted wines with Darryl. You can see the entire Forks of Cheat staff here and do not forget to go all the way to the bottom to see all of the wine animals that roam around as well. Oscar is me and Sherry’s new best friend!

Where the wine ferments

During the tasting with Darryl, I felt like I learned more about wine than ever before. That just goes to show how having a very good and helpful person during tastings can just make the experience that much better. He took us through the proper order in which to taste (start with the whites and work your way down to the darkest reds so that you can really appreciate the color) and how they suggest that you taste a maximum of four wines. When he first said this I thought it was because they do not like to hand out a whole bunch of wines to people or else they do not want you to become intoxicated. But he then told us that after about four wines your palette becomes less sensitive and you do not really get the true flavor of the wine. I guess this is why when you try an alcohol you do not like at first, after you have a few drinks in you they go down so much easier.

Here are some more facts and tips about wine tasting and how to look at your palette.

That's me overlooking the vineyard!