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Why you should buy wine from independent wine retailers.

Date: Fri, Apr 16, 2010

Of course I am bias, and there are many reasons you should buy from independent wine merchants (service, selection, they know you by name, etc.) but this one is more to the quality of wine you are getting. In the picture below you can see how a certain grocery store care for their wine. There it [...]

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Getting down with some Finger Lakes Gewürz’!

Date: Wed, Apr 14, 2010

In a little more than three hours I will participating in another Twitter Taste Live event sponsored by Finger Lakes Wine Country and The New York Cork Report. This time the feature grape is Gewürztraminer, one of my favorites. I love examples from Washington State & Alsace, but have only had a handful of New [...]

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Home Repair Service – or lack there of!

Date: Sun, Apr 4, 2010

Okay so this has nothing to do about wine but I needed a venue for a public rant so bear with me.  After the horrendous winter we have had here in Richmond we need some minor repair done to our roof, siding and a couple of window frames.  Seems pretty basic right? Our first call was [...]

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Thoughts on Vintage Reports

Date: Fri, Mar 26, 2010

You always hear a lot about vintage variation and it’s importance on the wine produced during said vintage. There are a variety of vintage charts out there that will tell you which vintage from a particular region was great or horrible, but those are sometimes fallible. Don’t get me wrong vintage charts are a great [...]

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A different approach!

Date: Wed, Mar 17, 2010

Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting with the folks at Lovingston Winery in rural Lovingtson, Virginia. Far South on the Monticello Wine Trail, they are set off of a back road, nestled into a hill deemed “Josie’s Knoll”. To say that they are on the Wine Trail is a stretch, they are quite a [...]

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Virginia Wine Expo 2010

Date: Tue, Mar 2, 2010

I attending the 3rd and final day of the Virginia Wine Expo yesterday and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overcrowded and that I wasn’t fighting with floundering drunks to talk to the winemakers. Don’t get me wrong, by the end of the day, there were a few stumbling around, but not enough to bother [...]

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The approachable 08 Chateauneuf du Papes

Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2010

Some call the 2008 Chateauneuf du Pape vintage challenging, others call it a return to normalcy or more typical. The later are mostly critics who lament the recent hotter, drier vintages that have produced bigger, higher alcohol wines. “The 2008 vintage appears to represent a distinct turn-around from the recent heatwaves, especially that of the [...]

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Virginia Wine Expo this weekend (Feb 26th – 28th)

Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2010

This weekend is the 3rd annual Virginia Wine Expo here in Richmond, Virginia. The official tasting starts Saturday, but Friday night starts with special seminars and events that continue all weekend. I’ll be attending Sunday from 12-6, if you are around, shoot me a tweet @vcuspoon. Over sixty wineries will be in attendance so it [...]

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Sippin’ on Finger Lakes Bubbly

Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2010

Last night I had the opportunity to participate in a Taste Live event, focusing on four sparkling wines from the Finger Lakes. Not knowing what to expect as I haven’t had any bubblies from the region, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and price points of what we tasted. I tasted with friend and co-work [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Channing Daughters Tocai Friulano Mudd West Vineyard

Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2010

2008 Channing Daughters Tocai Friulano Mudd West Vineyard Wine Information - Region: North Fork, Long Island Vineyard: Mudd West Grapes: Tocai Friulano Price: $24 My Tasting Notes – Nose: citrus, asparagus, cut grass, hay, cornstalk Taste: honeydew melon, lemon zest, tangerine, mineral/slate Mouthfeel: racy acidity, zippy, med body Finish: long fruity – zippy acidity remains on the palate More [...]

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Virginia Wine Council Update

Date: Tue, Feb 2, 2010

Virginia Wine Council Update – from Matt Conrad (Director, VA Wine Council) Promotion of Virginia Wine Receives Broad Support at Governor’s Press Conference Delegates and Senators from both sides of the aisle joined Governor McDonnell at a press conference earlier this week at which he unveiled his “Jobs & Opportunities Agenda.”  According to a press release from [...]

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A Beringer Knights Valley “4 for 1”!

Date: Tue, Jan 26, 2010

I titled this post “4 for 1” because I am doing four Beringer wines, all from Knights Valley. The first three are all Cabernet Sauvignons from the 90’s and the fourth is the ‘04 Aluvium, a Merlot dominated blend. Wine Information for the Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon’s is unavailable! Even in the vast world of [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2010

2006 Merryvale Starmont Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Information - Region: Napa Valley Vineyards: Merryvale Estate Vineyard (St. Helena Appellation), Bayview- Oakville & Oak Knoll Grapes: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16 % Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot Oak: 15 months in French Oak (20% new) Price: $25 – $30 My Tasting Notes - nose: interesting “raw pumpkin”, fresh cut tobacco, [...]

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Tröegs Nugget Nectar – Imperial Amber Ale

Date: Mon, Jan 18, 2010

Now I know this isn’t a wine, but I do love beer as well, and this seasonal brew from Tröegs definitely deserves mention. I’m not nearly as good at describing beer as I am at wine so bear with me on the descriptors. Here’s some data on the beer, the Tröegs Nugget Nectar – Imperial Amber [...]

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