January's Virginia Wine Chat (#VAWineChat) hosted by Frank Morgan of Drink What YOU Like took us to Keswick Vineyards for a comparative tasting of Viognier, the state's official white grape. Frank sat down with winemaker Stephen Barnard to talk wine, winemaking, Virginia and more. Stephen hails from Cape Town, South Africa. In 2002 after studying wine, [...]
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It’s Virginia Wine Month! With nineteen days left in October, there's still time to discover your local Virginia crush...which one of the 210 wineries AND which grape variety? One of my favorite grape varieties is Virginia's official grape, Viognier. A grape and wine variety originating in the French region of Condrieu in Northern Rhône, Viognier grows very [...]
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, [...]
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 November Fine Wine Divas event, we explored the wide variety of South American wines tasting from Chile to Uruguay to Argentina. It's a vast country of wine regions to explore. This great map from Wine Folly is perfect guide for finding your way around. As we learned, the South American wine industry is [...]
Our June Fine Wine Divas event set our members up for summer entertaining success as we tried a variety of white wines – perfect for sipping on your back patio, front porch, or in a nice air-conditioned room. Throughout the evening, we tasted the following sparkling and still white wines: J Cuvée 20 Brut (NV), [...]
One of the great things about a West Coast Book Launch Tour (for my new book, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France) is the great travel and wine experiences we had along the way…from Washington to Oregon to California! Next stop was California...and while it pained me to drive by Sonoma on our drive south without [...]
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 [...]
There are no shortage of wine recommendations out there for what to serve with your Thanksgiving feast. Rather than sharing a lengthy list (I stick by my list from last year), I thought I'd share what I'm serving (or bringing to friends, as is our tradition) this year. Sparkling & Rosé This is a great [...]
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 [...]