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Taste Camp East 2012 – To each their own!

Date: Mon, May 14, 2012

This year I attended the 4th annual Taste Camp, which was hosted in Virginia for the first time (Northern Virginia wine country to be specific). This year what really stood out as unique were the marked differences in grape growing and vineyard management techniques between the winemakers with whom we had the pleasure of taking vineyard [...]

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TasteCamp East Coming to Northern Virginia

Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012

After attending the first two years, last year I wasn’t able to attend TasteCamp in the Niagara region of both Canada and New York. I guess life got in the way or something, where are my priorities right? Well this year TasteCamp is coming to my neck of the woods, to explore the Northern Virginia [...]

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Wednesday random wine reviews…

Date: Wed, Oct 27, 2010

As I was going through some tasting notes to write up for work, I came to the conclusion that I should start posting some of these once a week. Mostly because it is such a random mix of wines, and thought it might be fun…. and I have to type them up anyway! 2006 Château [...]

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2009 Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Fri, Oct 22, 2010

This time last year I was in Long Island Wine Country with Megan, enjoying some great wine and food, visiting with friends and making new ones. Since we aren’t in Long Island this year I decided to open some wine from the region to help relive the memories from last year. We have lots of [...]

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Revisiting some Kluge Wines

Date: Thu, Sep 30, 2010

Being an owner at a wine shop has many advantages, one if which is tasting A LOT of wine. Most of what I taste is from all over the world with a small percentage of it being from here in Virginia. ( I should write a post about that!) Recently a new “rep” for Kluge [...]

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Interview with Jake Busching of Pollak Vineyards

Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010

Coming off a great showing at the Monticello Cup Wine Competition here in Virginia, Jake Busching, GM and winemaker of Pollak Vineyards granted me an interview talking about his wines that won at “The Cup” 1. AW: Congratulations on the win at the Monticello Cup! You had four wines place in the competition with the [...]

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Two years goes by fast

Date: Thu, May 27, 2010

When I first visited Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia it looked like this… …now they are about to celebrate their 2 year anniversary this Memorial Day weekend.  Being a bit of a distance away I don’t get up to see the winery as often as possible but when I do, I always have a [...]

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TasteCamp 2010, an evening at Red Newt Cellars

Date: Wed, May 26, 2010

The first evening of TasteCamp finished up with a tasting and dinner at Red Newt Cellars on Seneca Lake. The sun setting over the lake provided a beautiful backdrop to the evening as well as providing a delicate amber hue to the tasting room.  Laid out in front of us were 3 stations of Riesling [...]

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Vineyard Visuals: White Hall Vineyards

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010

These shots are from White Hall Vineyards in White Hall, Virginia. They were taken a little over a week ago.

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Back to the beginning…

Date: Mon, May 24, 2010

This is a guest post from friend John McClung, Real Estate Agent by day, wine lover by night. You can follow him on Twitter @johndmcclung. I had a great bottle of wine the other night. Almost tweeted about it, but it was too special. Let me explain: My first taste of a wine that was [...]

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Hermann J. Wiemer 2008 “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling; better with food

Date: Thu, May 20, 2010

Don’t let the title fool you, this wine rocked on it’s own, but the Wiemer 2008 “Magdalena Vineyard” Riesling ($36) is definitely a food wine. I tasted the wine originally at TasteCamp, where I bought a couple of bottles to bring home with me. I’m glad I bought two, wish I had bought more, but [...]

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Vineyard Visuals – Jefferson Vineyards

Date: Wed, May 19, 2010

These pictures were taken at Jefferson Vineyards which is in the Monticello AVA, about a week ago. If you would like to have your vineyard visuals on the blog, just shoot me an email. Cheers

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An afternoon at Ravines Wine Cellars

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010

Ravines was the second stop on our first day of TasteCamp 2010. We meandered around Keuka Lake from Heron Hill to the Eastern side where Ravines has a beautiful view of the Lake.  Morten and Lisa Hallgren had a great list of wines for us to taste, setup in a paired fashion for a little [...]

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Pinot from Patagonia

Date: Thu, May 13, 2010

Yes, a Pinot Noir from Patagonia, Argentina. Yesterday I had the opportunity to taste this wine. It wasn’t knock your socks off good, but at $11.50 I was quite impressed. The wine region of Patagonia is growing as more winemakers are seeing the promise of producing cooler climate wines, such as Pinot Noir.  The southern [...]

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