Back in August we held the 2nd Annual 10 Wines for $10 to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. The event was a big success and we raised $941. Jacki's Determined Soles is holding one more fundraising event next Tuesday (Sept 14) at the Dogfish Head Ale House in Fairfax. You can go there any time from 11:30-11:00 on Tuesday and 15% of all proceeds will go to fight Multiple Sclerosis.
For obvious reasons people from Bordeaux are obsessed with weather. Knowing what to expect from a vintage based on the temperature and rainfall is important for planning. The weather also lets winemakers predict what a vintage will be like. For those of you who are obsessed with tracking the weather Chateau Palmer has made it easier with this cool weather application. Not only does it give
Normally, I try to avoid advocating for one particular Virginia wine supporter but in this case I am going to make an exception. The Washington Post is running their annual Express Night Out Best of 2010 Poll and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro is nominated in several categories. I think everyone should vote for them. Vinifera, and Jason in particular, does a lot to promote Virginia wine and the
There is no shortage of fun things to do this weekend with Virginia Wine and September is a great month for drinking wine: Great Grapes is returning to Reston Town Center for its Fall run. A lot of great wine, great food and a special treat: Breaux Vineyards is going to have a booth! If your tastes run more toward Polo you can check out the Wine Festival at the Plains. More than 275 different
Steve Heimoff takes a look at the dip in Australian market for Chardonnay and wonders if the same thing isn't happening in the United States: My anecdotal experience is that there is greater interest, among the media and foodies in California, for white wines other than Chardonnay. We’ve all heard of an anti-Chardonnay movement among sommeliers and restaurateurs seeking leaner, drier, higher acid
Jane Anson and Panos Kakaviatos write in Decanter about the lack of rain in Bordeaux: If Bordeaux does not have rain by 10 September, top consultant Jacques Boissenot may advise clients to pick at less than full phenolic maturity – causing a risk of greenness in the wines. The lack of rain is bad for all varietals, but it is particularly harmful to young vines and Merlot: ‘We had rain in the
I wrote about the Hunter's Run Rose about a month ago, but now both the Hunters Run Rose and Hunters Run Red have been officially released and are available in the Hunters Run Wine Barn: The Hunters Run Red is a blend of 70% Estate Grown Cabernet Franc, 25% Malbec and 5% Tannat. The wine was aged for 6 months in oak and made by Lori at Corcoran Vineyards with heavy input fro Geri. Despite its
I've gotten addicted to bottling this summer. It really is a great way to spend a day and it gives you a real sense of accomplishment to see the palettes fill up with cases of wine. A couple of weeks ago I want out to Veramar Vineyards to help them with their bottling. Like most of the wineries in the area, Veramar does not have their own bottling line, so they use a bottling truck instead.
Stephane Derenoncourt has a wide ranging interview in Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine. He has a lot to say winemaking today and is especially complimentary about our own Boxwood Winery: When Boxwood approached me in 2006, they asked me to visit the vineyard and winery. They had already done a lot of homework with regard to planting the vines and developing the local terroir. They were
The first wine dinner we hosted with Fabbioli Cellars at Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro was so successful, Jason asked if we would be interested in doing a second one with Loudoun Valley Vineyards. I have always loved Bree's wines so I jumped at the chance! Jason and Bree have known each other for a while, in fact, the Vinifera White and Vinifera Red are made specifically for Vinifera (though,
Charlie Adler was interviewed by the local NBC Affiliate's Nightside team: "I don't watch the show regularly, but I do know the Salahis and I can tell you Michaele Salahi doesn't know a thing about running a winery or wine in general," Adler told Niteside. "Michaele is just there to be a girl on (her husband Tareq's) arm. She has no clue what she's doing." "Don't be fooled by television."
During En Primeurs, when lavish praise was being heaped upon Bordeaux winemakers, the joke was often made that many Chateaux owners had already placed down payments on Maseratis and Lamborghinis. Over at Chateau Brane-Cantenac, Henri Lurton had his eye on another piece of machinery: Au chai, la vendange est triée manuellement sur deux tables disposées en parallèle. Après l'érafloir, une ligne de
One thing that has contributed to the fame and success of the best wineries in Europe is family. Children who grew up surrounded by wine and played in the vines learn to respect the land and the generations of winemakers who have come before them. So, it is nice to see that Loudoun County winemakers are creating the second generation of winemakers. Of course, it is surprising that so many are
In case you haven't heard, September 2nd is Cabernet Day. Dreamed up by Rick Backas at St. Supery winery, #Cabernet Day is meant to be a celebration of the Cabernet family of grapes across all social media sites (and even in person). Several of the wineries and wine shops on the event site are hosting live events (sadly, none in Virginia). So, pop open a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or