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Early Mountain Oyster Bar

September 30, 2020

We’re bringing the bounty of the Eastern Seaboard to you, paired with our award-winning wines for this special long weekend (October 8th-12th). Chef Tim Moore has crafted a delicious seafood menu and Big Island Aquaculture will be shucking their oysters, served on the half shell direct from the beautiful, pristine body of water nestled between the York River and the Mobjack Bay in Hayes, Virginia.

Come enjoy live music (Sat. and Sun.), mountain views, and exceptional Virginia wines enjoyed in your choice of Tasting Room (indoor), Patio, or Picnic Table reservations. No entrance fee, reservations strongly recommended.

The Oyster Bar menu includes:

Raw Oysters on the half shell with Champagne Mignonette and Cocktail Sauce, half dozen 14, dozen 24

Buttermilk Fried Oysters with Remoulade 14

Crabcake Sandwich with Route 11 Chips 16

Mushroom Cake Sandwich with Route 11 Chips 16

New England Clam Chowder 8

Maine Lobster Salad 24

Old Bay French Fries w/ Yum Yum Sauce 6

Pickled Mushrooms 6

Marinated Olives 6

Charcuterie & Cheese 22

Whipped Feta 12

Baguette: Whole 6 Half 4

Ice Cream Sandwich 6

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August 10, 2020

Looking to escape the monotony of quarantine and go on a COVID-19-safe trip this weekend traveling some beautiful country roads? We took care of the itinerary, you take care of the therapeutic getaway. We were NOT sponsored by any of these destinations, they are just incredible Virginia spots we wholeheartedly recommend. Whether escaping from Richmond, VA or Northern Virginia/Washington DC, may we suggest:

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Early Mountain Reopening Policies and Procedures

June 12, 2020

Welcome Back to Early Mountain

Policies and Procedures for your visit

We are thrilled to welcome you back to Early Mountain! The safety of our guests and our employees is our top priority.   We have enacted a series of guidelines that we are confident will allow us to host you with both exceptional hospitality and utmost safety.  We appreciate your visit and your understanding of these protocols.

Hours of Operation

Curbside pick-up: Monday to Thursday 10 am – 4 pm, Friday-Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

On-site service: Thursday - Sunday 11 am – 6 pm (with adjustments in the case of private events)

Reservations are strongly suggested and available on Tock

Your Visit

-We are pleased to welcome parties up to 10.  There is no fee or minimum spend for your reservation, but we kindly request that you cancel 48 hours in advance if your plans change.  

-When you make your reservation, please select whether you would like to be seated indoors, outdoors, or in the back lawn picnic tables.  Our outdoor seating includes umbrellas and sunshades, but is not fully protected from rain so may require cancellation pending inclement weather and availability of indoor seating.

-Children are welcome, but we ask that they be kept in your table area and follow all the protocols outlined here. We ask that you not bring lawn games or outdoor toys that would extend beyond your area.

-Leashed dogs are welcome in our outdoor area.  We are licensed as a restaurant so are unable to have them indoors.

-Enjoy our seasonal menu, Early Mountain wines by the glass or bottle, as well as a curated selection of “Best of Virginia” wines. We cannot allow outside food in the patio or indoor seating or alcoholic beverages anywhere on the property.

-For our Picnic Table / back lawn reservations, you are welcome to bring your own food and we will have a walk-up bar available for bottle or glass purchases and to-go food options.  

-Upon arrival, please check in with our host stand at the front of the tasting room.  If there is a party in front of you, please maintain 6 foot spacing at this point and throughout the property.

-All patio and indoor tables will be serviced by our Early Mountain team.  Our back lawn/picnic tables will be serviced by a walk-up bar.

Wine Club

-Wine club members will receive a complimentary glass of wine for up to two guests (in lieu of tastings) for each visit to Early Mountain.  They will receive a 15% discount on all purchases of Early Mountain wine.

-Our Wine Club will have preferential seating placements pending availability.

Safety & Hygiene

-For the safety of everyone, our service team will be wearing facial coverings and gloves at all times.  We require that our guests also wear facial coverings while moving around the common areas of the property, including the restrooms and while arriving and leaving. We will have disposable masks available for use if you need one, or branded cloth masks for purchase.

-We will have single-use menus.  We will be using single use eco-friendly dishware for our food service and stemless glassware for our wine service in the picnic area.  You are welcome to keep your glass with our compliments.  

-All tables will be spaced a minimum of 8 feet apart in the outdoor space and 6 feet apart indoors.

-We ask that you follow designated traffic patterns while moving through the property and request that you respect barriers and marked spacing.

-We will have hand sanitation stations available upon arrival and throughout the property.

-Restrooms will be serviced at the top of every hour and the cleaning will be detailed on a log sheet. All high touch surfaces will be sanitized thoroughly throughout the property. We will have gloves available next to every restroom door if you would like to use them.

-All guest tables will be cleaned, sanitized, allowed to air dry, and pre-set prior to your arrival. We use certified disinfectants against corona viruses.

-Each employee is required to take their temperature daily and successfully answer a series of health screening questions before beginning their shift

-We will be logging a contact for every party that assist with contact tracing if necessary.  We ask that you inform us if anyone in your party tests positive for Covid-19 within a two-week period of your visit.

While our service and offerings are adapted in response to COVID-19 to protect your health and safety, as well as our other guests and our team members, our hospitality remains the same. We are committed to providing you with a great experience and cannot wait to serve you!

We will continue to listen to you and to improve the experience on a daily basis, so we can continue to accomplish our mission: providing you with the best wine experience in Virginia, in a fun, beautiful and safe environment.

Early Mountain's Commitment

June 8, 2020

In the aftermath of the George Floyd murder, Early Mountain muted all marketing and sales and postponed all planned activities to allow other voices to be heard and to start a period of reflection on how we can use our privilege and platform to create sustainable changes at our winery, in the wine industry and in the state of Virginia.

We have listened and thought deeply as a team about how we can be active participants in fostering racial equity and driving change at our winery and in the wine world. There is much that can be done. As a Virginia winery and a social enterprise that has committed that all profits will go to supporting the Virginia wine industry, we know that denouncing racism and celebrating diversity is not enough and we are committed to actions to make an impact.

We will share more information as we roll out new initiatives in this area.