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Virginia Wine Update from the Virginia Wine Council

Date: Sat, Oct 3, 2009

Virginia Wine Update from Matt Conrad of the Virginia Wine Council: “This past Friday a circuit court judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit issued an order that could impact the Virginia wine industry far beyond the borders of Fauquier County, the locality in which Kate Marterella operates her family’s farm winery. Although the case centers on [...]

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It’s October and that means it’s Virginia Wine Month

Date: Thu, Oct 1, 2009

It is October already, where did this year go? The temperature dipped below 50 degrees last night and it really feels like fall outside, a great way to usher in Virginia Wine Month. With 148 wineries currently open for business in the Commonwealth you have a multitude of choices to sample some great wine [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Pikes Red Mullet

Date: Tue, Sep 29, 2009

2007 Pikes Red Mullet Wine Information - Country: Australia Region: Clare Valley Grapes: Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre and Tempranillo Price: $14 My Tasting Notes - Nose: raspberry, blueberry and hints of cocoa Taste: raspberry, blackberry, red currant, plum and cherry Mouthfeel: medium to full body, slightly spicy with great acid Finish: long, with great structure The Pikes Red Mullet is an interesting blend that is made to [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Tangley Oaks Merlot

Date: Tue, Sep 22, 2009

2006 Tangley Oaks Merlot Wine Information – Appellation: Napa Valley Grapes: 100% Merlot Oak Aging: French Oak for 20 months Price: $15 My Tasting Notes - Nose: black cherry, oak, vanilla, raspberry jam Taste: black currant, oak Mouthfeel: medium body with velvety tannins Finish: short to medium in length, very fruity Not a bad wine but not great. I was impressed with the nose, [...]

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A review of the Virginia Wine Festival at Bull Run Park

Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009

This was the 34th year of the Virginia Wine Festival, and 53 Virginia wineries were in attendance for the two day festival. Megan and I decided to head up for day 2 (Sunday), as we had some comp passes ($30/pp), normally I avoid large tastings like this as you don’t get a chance to be [...]

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Wine Blogging Wednesday #61- “At The Source” with Narmada Winery

Date: Wed, Sep 16, 2009

This months Wine Blogging Wednesday is hosted by the founder of WBW, Lenn Thompson of the blog “The New York Cork Report.” His topic for this month was to taste and or purchase a wine at the source rather than at your local wine shop, and you get bonus points for tasting with the winemaker. This [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel

Date: Tue, Sep 15, 2009

2006 Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel Wine Information - Appellation: Paso Robles, California Vineyards: Dusi, Preston Grapes: 99% Zinfandel, 1% Mourvedre Alcohol: 15% Price: $20 – $25 My Tasting Notes – Nose: Fig, cocoa, prune, black currant, leather Taste: boysenberry, mocha java, fig, date, blueberry jam, cedar box Mouthfeel: full body, silky mid palate, spicy towards the finish Finish: loaded with fruit, dry and leathery This is [...]

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Tasting Virginia Wine Country with Gadino Cellars

Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2009

It was a beautiful weekend in Virginia this weekend, and Sunday was a great day to enjoy Virginia Wine Country. We started out with a trip to Gadino Cellars, in Rappahanock County. It had been a few years since our last visit, so we figured it would be good to revisit their offerings. Gadino Cellars [...]

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2009 Virginia Harvest Update

Date: Fri, Sep 11, 2009

I have received a couple of updates from Virginia wine makers on how the 2009 Harvest is going so I wanted to share them with you. I hope to be getting some more reports in, as I do, I will share them with you. Jeff White – Glen Manor Vineyards September 4th “… Don’t really have any [...]

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A little more oak than I would’ve liked – 2005 Domaine des Deux Roches Saint-Veran

Date: Wed, Sep 9, 2009

When I turn to a white Burgundy I look to enjoy a wine that is crisp, lots of minerality and great fruit but not a lot of oak. Unfortunately the 2005 Domaine des Deux Roches Saint-Veran “Rives de Longsault” ($20) did provide, in my opinion, a bit to much pure oak aromas and flavors than [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2009

2008 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc Wine Information - Country: New Zealand Region: Marlborough Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Aging: 7 months in stainless steel before bottling Price: $15 My Tasting Notes - Nose: pear, gooseberry, green pepper, touch of grapefruit Taste: gooseberry, citrus, sweet pea, touch of grass Mouthfeel: full body, slightly watery, crisp but could use more acid Finish: long, fruity and refreshing Overall the flavor [...]

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A great Riesling from New York, and not from the Finger Lakes

Date: Thu, Sep 3, 2009

I had the pleasure of meeting Roman Roth in Long Island during Taste Camp in May, while he led us through a fabulous tasting at Wolffer Estate. While Roman is the head winemaker for Wolffer, he also makes wines under his own label “Grapes of Roth”. I had the opportunity to taste his Grapes of [...]

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Virginia Wine in the news

Date: Wed, Sep 2, 2009

In a recent article on CNN’s travel site titled 4 Wine Country Contenders, Virginia was named as a hot spot for wine travel. Specifically mentioned was the Charlottesville area and the wineries that dot the countryside in the Monticello AVA. Article Excerpt - “Virginia’s premier wine country, dotted with working farms and over 1,000 acres of grape [...]

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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2007 Elena Walch Gewürztraminer

Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009

2007 Elena Walch Gewürztraminer Wine Information - Country – Italy Region (DOC): Alto Adige Grape: 100% Gewürztraminer Fermentation: Stainless steel Price: $19.99 My Tasting Notes – Nose: rose, apple peel, honey, apricot Taste: rose petal, lychee, graphite, honey Mouthfeel: viscous and spicy with enough acidity to provide some structure Finish: long, dry with hints of honey and rose Great “Gewurtz”, very nice and rich but a [...]

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