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Quick Pour: Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Fresh lemon meringue, touch of honey, lush, white tropical fruit, and flaky pastry aromas lead to a smooth, honey-coated palate with plenty of weight. Fresh, floral nuances compliment and balance the fruit-forward notes of apricot, golden apple, and pineapple with spice undertones that taper into honey-dipped hints of brioche and angel food cake from mid to back palate. The finish is extremely smooth, pleasing, and spiced up with notes of lemon zest that seem to linger on and on. Excellent balance – a little hot, but not overly acidic with a plethora to look forward to with each sip. Read More »

Quick Pour: Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   Read More »

Quick Pour: Lovingston Winery Petit Manseng 2013

Lovingston Winery Petit Manseng 2013

Producer: Lovingston Winery, Lovingston, Virginia Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $19.95 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Petit Manseng; (12.5% ABV) Winemaker Notes: Returning to our off-dry version of this varietal, the 2013 Petit Manseng carries a nose of pineapple and orange peel, and the bright acidity balances well with the slightly sweet finish. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Lovely to pair with creamy goat cheese or a spicy dish. 200 cases made Virginia Pour House Notes: Crisp, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and mineral aromas give way to a nice, weighted palate of honey-drenched pineapple, fuji apple, honeysuckle, and orange zest. Crisp, but fresh and balanced sweetness, with just a hint of residual sugar peaking out mid palate tapering off while approaching the finish.   Read More »

Orin Swift Cellars; The former Prisoner pioneers’ latest offerings (AmericanWineryGuide)

Orin Swift 2014

Part of our Napa trip a couple of months back included a stop in downtown St. Helena. So I guess it’s safe to say, that we ‘stumbled’ upon Orin Swift when Jaymie screamed out “There’s Orin Swift, WE HAVE TO GO!”, nearly knocking me to the ground across the street. Being familiar with the Prisoner Blend, and reading about Orin Swift Cellars in one of the newer wine magazines, I felt it was time to give some of the other offerings from Dave Phinney a try. The results were to be expected, and with that I give you the latest submission for AmericanWineryGuide. The HISTORY “The origins of Orin Swift as a brand dates back to 1995 when David Swift Phinney accepted a friend’s offer to study abroad in Italy. He instantly fell in love with wine and everything surrounding it. After graduating, David worked as a vineyard hand during ... Read More »

Adroit Theory Brewing Company; The latest brew craze in Purcellville, Virginia

Androit Theory Brewing Company 2014

I enjoyed a nice weekend with the in-laws over Memorial Day as we went to DC’s Summerfest Beer Festival, visited Lost Rhino, and checked out a new brewery tucked all the way out in Purcellville, VA. The brewery is called Adroit Theory Brewing Company. Anyone that is familiar with the location of Corcoran Brewery will know exactly where this place is, since it’s basically right down the street. We pulled into a fairly industrial-looking parking lot and followed the tiny signs until we saw this: This instantly brought me back to my trip to San Diego last May when I visited a brewery called Mike Hess Brewing Co., which was run basically out of a storage garage. This place was slightly bigger, but not by much. Adroit Theory started out by contract-brewing through a company called Beltway Brewing Company in the Sterling area. Basically, you pay them, and they help ... Read More »