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 [...]
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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 [...]
Monday was the perfect kind of Monday...a day out in Virginia wine country! My first stop was the new Early Mountain Vineyards, north of Charlottesville in Madison (more to come on this great winery in an upcoming article). Stops 2 and 3 were wines I love but wineries I had yet to visit, Pollak Vineyards [...]
It's July 4th! Here in the U.S. that means a holiday for bbqs and celebrations! Here's the Red (okay pink), White & Blue (ok blue on the label) American wine choices for our festivities. AND had to add a sparkling that isn't American but one of my favorites. The RED: King Estate 2011 Pinot Noir [...]
Our Founding Father President Washington and his wife Martha opened their lovely Mount Vernon Estate this weekend for their annual Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour. Friday night was the perfect evening for a celebration of Virginia wine with a fruit and cheese picnic overlooking the Potomac River. President Washington opened the evening from the [...]
Clearly one of the main reasons forty wine writers came together for Taste Camp 2012 in Loudoun County, Virginia, DC's Wine Country, was to swirl, sip, spit, taste Virginia wine. Throughout the 48 hour journey across this wine country, we had the opportunity to taste wines from 28 wineries, either at their winery or at [...]
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, [...]
White Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Casal Garcia Furore Bianco Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier
Red Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Gamay Merlot Montepulciano Negroamaro Petit Verdot Pinot Noir Primitivo Sagrantino Sangiovese Syrah Zinfandel White Chardonnay Chenin Blanc Casal Garcia Furore Bianco Pinot Gris / Pinot Grigio Sauvignon Blanc Viognier Champagne Sparkling & Prosecco Rosé Port
In this last article on the 5th Annual Virginia Wine Expo, I'll cover my last five of my old favorite wineries, all located around Charlottesville, from the last year and my favorite wine they were tasting at the Expo. Blenheim Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010 Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot Aroma: Spicy, jammy Taste: Blackberry jam with [...]