As a resident of the Shenandoah Valley for 13 years, I like to tour wineries from time to time in this beautiful state. However, my recent visit to Cross Keys Vineyard was discriminatory based on income. As soon as me and my boyfriend drove up to the complex in our '98 Toyota Corolla, we were greeted by signs saying "No outside food." I was surprised since most vineyards I have been to allow and even encourage picnicking on the grounds with, of course, a bottle of their wine. We went into the tasting room and asked about this policy. We were told that the facility did not allow outside food since they have a bistro, which we later discovered would only be priced for the elite and not working class folks like ourselves. Also, the crackers to cleanse the palate had to be purchased and were not just openly provided. We choose a white wine tasting at $6 per person and were only given 4 wines to try, quite unlike other more generous vineyards we have been to such as Barren Ridge and others. Certainly, the view was gorgeous but the treatment was snobbish. Bring your American Express and drive up in a Beamer.
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