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Virginia’s Father of Modern Wine

As wine bloggers and industry leaders convene in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend for the Wine Bloggers Conference, I thought it appropriate to highlight the man many call the Father of the Virginia's modern wine industry. While Thomas Jefferson started it all at Monticello, Gabriele Rausse made Virginia wine country a reality. In 1976 the Italian [...]


Wine Bloggers Unite in Virginia

This time next week I'll join 300+ wine lovers for the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers Conference in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia. This three-day event will gather wine bloggers and wine industry leaders to learn and discuss wine in the new media world. There's a keynote speech from Jancis Robinson (co-author of of one of [...]


Virginia Names Official Wine Grape

Virginia now has an official state wine grape... Viognier! The Virginia Wine Board recently voted it so. Viognier, a grape and wine variety that originates in the French region of Condrieu in Northern Rhône, grows very well in Virginia's climate and soil. Typically a dry or slightly off dry white wine with a lovely bouquet [...]


Virginia’s Kluge Winery Saved by Trump

For anyone familiar with the Virginia wine scene (now the 5th largest state in U.S. wine production with over 190 wineries), you'll recognize the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard name. Only a few days ago the fate of this international award winning winery was unknown. But yesterday at a foreclosure auction in Charlottesville, Donald Trump's [...]


Raise Your Glass for Virginia Wine Week

This week through Sunday is Virginia Wine's Love By the Glass promotion, March 18-27. More than 340 restaurants and wine stores throughout Virginia are participating in Virginia Wine Week with specials, tasting and events. Visit Virginia Wine for more details. Many wineries are having special tasting and release events. If you haven't explored many of [...]


Virginia Wines I’m Loving, Part 2

My goal at last weekend's Viginia Wine Expo was to taste wines from many of the wineries I'd heard about (I hit 15 wineries and sampled 88 wines) and find some favorites (I did!). Yesterday's post covered Blenheim Vineyards and DuCard Vineyards. Here are three more favorites. *Afton Mountain Vineyards: On the southeastern slope of [...]


Virginia Wines I’m Loving, Part 1

Last weekend I went to the Virginia Wine Expo in Richmond, a 3 day event featuring 350+ wines from 60+ Virginia wineries. I was impressed by the event and all that was on offer. While I have tried many Virginia wines by the glass at restaurants and bought a few I know/like, I have been [...]


Virginia is for Wine Lovers

And there is a lot of wine to love! Virginia continues to build its reputation in the wine world, with its Old-World Style Reds, Virginia Viognier and Cabernet Francs helping put it on the map. With over 190 wineries across the state, Virginia is 5th in wine production in the United States. I've lived away [...]


It’s Regional Wine Week – Drink Local!

And with wine produced in every state of the U.S., we can all participate! Regional Wine Week is the sixth annual celebration of the growth of the U.S. wine industry beyond the West Coast. As co-founder and Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre said this week in his article, "It is sponsored by Drink Local Wine, [...]

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