Walking Tranquility Vineyards outside Purcellville with Ben Renshaw was an interesting Taste Camp discussion. We were literally in owners Al and Mary Taylor's backyard. Planted in 1999, Ben has managed the five acre vineyard since 2005. His first season in the business was 2004. Tranquility supplies grapes for Ben's 8 Chains North Winery as well [...]
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In The Wine Stand Outs, Part 1, I covered five of the eleven stand out wines from Taste Camp 2012, focusing on wineries I was tasting for the first time. Now let's take a look at the six wines from wineries I've tasted and/or covered before. Boxwood Winery Boxwood 2007 Variety: 42.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42.5% [...]
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, [...]
Red Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Gamay Merlot Montepulciano Negroamaro Petit Verdot Pinot Noir Primitivo Sagrantino Sangiovese Syrah Zinfandel
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
We went to Frederick this weekend for antique shopping and by day's end we were drinking wine, including local Maryland wine. We knew we wanted to check out The Wine Kitchen but walking down North East Street from an antique store, I saw huge steel wine tanks inside an old brick warehouse...the home of Frederick [...]
The Ranch believes "wine is an ancient, nutritious, and healthful (in moderation) food that has its place at the table and in life's celebrations." There are grape vines growing on the property that were here when the Ranch was founded, and in the early days, the grapes were used in treatments. Wine is only served [...]
The 5th Annual Virginia Wine ExpoÂ featured 76 of Virginia's now 210 wineries sampling over 400 wines. It was a great opportunity for me to hit 23 wineries and sample about 100 wines, some new discoveries and some old favorites. Today and tomorrow I'll share some of the NEW discoveries. Mountfair Vineyards 2010 Inaugural Located 20 [...]
Last weekend was the fifth annual Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, a three day event featuring 75 of Virginia's 200+ wineries sampling more than 450 bottles of wine. Kicking off the weekend's festivities Thursday night was the prestigious Virginia Governor's Cup Awards announcement. Nine of the eleven Gold medal winners attended the Virginia Wine Expo [...]
What a brilliant event going on at my local Whole Foods in Alexandria, Virginia every Wednesday! Since the first of the year, they've been hosting this 5-7pm event featuring wines from different regions and excellent food pairings. For only $5 you get a Whole Foods wine glass, five healthy pours of the five featured wines [...]