At our last Fine Wine Divas event, we explored the world of South African wines with Cape Classics, the premier South African wine importer in the U.S. From Rosé to Whites to Reds, Cape Classics tasted us through the following line up we tasted through a selection of Cape Classics... Mulderbosch Rose 2013 Bayten Sauvignon Blanc 2013 [...]
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Gold was handed out last night in Virginia by new Governor Terry McAuliffe. And the winner of the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association's (VWA) Governor's Gold Cup...The Williamsburg Winery's 2010 Adagio! The Williamsburg Winery's Adagio, from the Italian ad agio, or 'at ease,' is a blend of 42% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot and 28% Petit Verdot. [...]
This month marks the 25th Anniversary of Virginia Wine Month! Restaurants, retailers and wineries across the state are celebrating providing plenty of opportunities to explore! Virginia is home to more than 230 wineries and vineyards, seven American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), nearly two dozen wine trails and rates fifth in the nation for wine grape production. [...]
Our July Fine Wine Divas event took the Ladies on a field trip to Virginia wine country. As most live in the DC area, it was time to immerse them in this great wine region in their backyard. Most came in skeptical ... all walked away convinced ... Virginia has great things to offer wine [...]
Virginia's top wines were named a few weeks ago with 2013 Virginia Wineries Association's Governor's Cup top honors going to Barboursville Vineyards' 2009 Octagon 12th Edition. Virginia currently ranks fifth in the number of wineries in the nation with 230 and 93 of the wineries submitted 377 red and white entries for this year's competition. Barboursville [...]
Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the BIG six grape varieties, is often referred to as the King of Red. At a January event of the Fine Wine Divas, as we tasted through eight fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon wines from around the world, I was reminded of what makes this grape fabulous! Cabernet, as it can simply be [...]
Virginia's official grape variety is Viognier. At this month's Virginia Wine Summit, kicking off Virginia Wine Month, a panel session on the official grape talked and tasted through the reasons why. But in this burgeoning wine industry, the official red variety is still to be determined. At the panel on this very topic, we hard [...]
Tuesday's Inaugural Virginia Wine Summit marked the official kick off of October as Virginia Wine Month, the 24th annual event, highlighting and celebrating the state's 210 wineries. Hosted by Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell in Richmond, the Summit was planned by the Virginia Wine Marketing Office and brought together domestic and [...]
In The Wine Stand Outs, Part 1, I covered five of the eleven stand out wines from Taste Camp 2012, focusing on wineries I was tasting for the first time. Now let's take a look at the six wines from wineries I've tasted and/or covered before. Boxwood Winery Boxwood 2007 Variety: 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.5% [...]
Last weekend I had the pleasure of being one of 40 wine writers participating in Taste Camp 2012. After meeting in Long Island, the Finger Lakes and Niagara the last three years,Â Loudoun County was chosen for 2012...Washington, DC's wine country. Lucky for me, and everyone else that lives in / visits the DC metro area, [...]