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 [...]
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It's not too late to plan your Oscar party or your festive dinner at home for Sunday evening. The Academy of Motion Pictures has all the tools you need to Celebrate the Oscars at Home... The Oscar® Collection on Evite Postmark® Your Official Oscar Ballot Recipes The Governors Ball Menu And you'll definitely want to [...]
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 [...]
For the wine lover on your Christmas list, or even as a great gift for yourself, the Indulge Wine School Wine 101 Video Class is the the perfect interactive and educational wine tasting hour. Everything you need, including the wines tasted in the class, comes in this one one kit directly to your home! My [...]
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 [...]
My first sip of King Estate wine was back in 2004 living in Seattle. Since then, they've been on my 'must visit wineries' list. When this year's Wine Bloggers Conference, to be held in Oregon, announced a pre-conference trip to Eugene with a King Estate Winery visit, I finally had my excuse to visit the [...]
I made some great wine discoveries from Greece and Italy at the DCÂ Fancy Food Show. The first Italian discovery was Tenuta i Fauri from the Abruzzo region. This winery is in the Chieti province in Abruzzo's center. Their thirty-five hectares of vineyards sitÂ among hills that drop to the sea. Photos on their site are gorgeous [...]
On last night's Twitter #Winechat (join each Wednesday at 9pm ET), I guest hosted with a focus on Puglia. The heel of Italy's boot is a very interesting wine region, one I discovered last summer on our week long visit. Following are the wines I opened for last night's wine chat, facts and details I [...]
For our final Taste Camp vineyard walk, we ventured outside of Loudoun County to Fauquier County for a Sunday morning with one of Virginia's great winemakers, Jim Law of Linden Vineyards. As you drive out there, and it is out there (65 miles west of DC), you're struck by the beauty, rolling hills and climate [...]