As the end of July approached, I found my usual favorite summer white wines, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, growing a bit tired on the palette. Then at a wine tasting in Virginia wine country, Early Mountain Vineyards turned me on to a white variety I haven't had much of...Seyval Blanc. The 2012 Lovingston Winery [...]
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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 [...]
I've discovered THE wine for on-the-go...Sileni Estates NANO. I picked it up on at the beach in Sea Island, Georgia at their market (more on this fabulous place in a new post). NANO is the perfect on-the-go size and comes in a plastic bottle with a cute cup. If Sea Island has it, it must [...]
That's the question we posed to the Fine Wine Divas for our August tasting night. Most of the ladies are big red wine drinkers. As it's summer, we thought we'd introduce them to a nice line up whites so they could certainly find something they like. 2010 Argyle Brut (Willamette Valley, OR) 2012 Reunion Torrontes (Salta, [...]
Looking for a new white wine to try in the final month of summer? If you like Sauvignon Blanc, I'd suggest checking out Verdejo from the Rueda region of Spain. This Spanish wine region northwest of Madrid, the Denomination of Origin (D.O.) Rueda, was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture in 1980. The production area [...]
Back in the Fall, I discovered a new wine region...Lodi, California. Just 100 miles east of San Francisco, it has been flourishing since 1850. Lodi is predominately a red wine-producing region and is the self-proclaimed Zinfandel Capital of the World, producing over 32% of California’s premium Zinfandel. But the region also grows 20-30 different white wine grapes. [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
This Wine Wednesday I'm trying a grape variety AND region I have yet to write about...Furmint from the Tokaj region of Hungary. At the lovely new wine boutique, DCanter, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Friday, Michael introduced me to the wine, Evolúció. Hungarian wine dates back to Roman times.Since the fall of [...]
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 [...]