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. [...]
And with wine produced in every state of the U.S., we can all participate! Regional Wine Week is the sixth annual celebration of the growth of the U.S. wine industry beyond the West Coast. As co-founder and Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre said this week in his article, "It is sponsored by Drink Local Wine, [...]
I've enjoyed many new Rosés this summer from Virginia to Italy to France. And as the last weekend of summer is upon us, I'm enjoying a glass of it on the deck. I thought I'd share with you my favorite new Rosé discoveries of the season. 2011 VieVité Rosé Variety: 30% Cinsault, 30% Syrah, 20% Grenache, 20% [...]
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 [...]
Isn't that grape juice you may ask? Actually, it's wine with the alcohol removed. And for many who can't drink alcohol, this is a viable alternative. My Dad is one of those people due to heart issues. So this Christmas, we set out to discover Alcohol Free wine. I was pleasantly surprised by the vast selection [...]
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 [...]
It's the last weekend of October and Virginia Wine Month. With Autumn colors in full bloom, this is a great weekend to get out and enjoy wine country. Early Mountain Vineyards will be a great stop, especially with their Fall Family Festival taking place Saturday. I've visited their picturesque location in Madison, just off Route 29 [...]
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 [...]