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Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011 Meritage IGP Pays D’Oc

Cameron Hughes Lot 383 2011

Producer: Cameron Hughes Region: Languedoc-Roussillon – Pays d’Oc (France) Price: $15 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon 63%, Merlot 19%, Malbec 18% ABV: 13.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: Cassis, peat  and leather in the nose. Dark fruit flavors lead to toasty tobacco and mocha undertones that are carried away by smoke and jammy black fruit with fine and well balanced tannins that coat the palate and lead to the medium length. Read More »

Two Twisted Posts; Nothing twisted about this operation in Loudoun County (AmericanWineryGuide)

Two Twisted Posts 2014

After a recent win in the Governor’s Cup competition, there was a new spotlight focused on this new venture and required a visit to see what they were all about. What they provide visitors in terms of wine quality, atmosphere, and overall experience is something that few in Loudoun County have been able to match in a long time. Take a peak at what Two Twisted Posts Winery is all about in our latest contribution to AmericanWineryGuide. HISTORY “After purchasing property nestled in the valley along Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville in 2008, Brad and Theresa Robertson were looking for a way to provide a winery where people can get away from the city to truly relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy some wine. The couple had some orchard farming experience and decided to give growing wine grapes a try. They initially planted 3 acres of vines along their ... Read More »

Quick Pour: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards Traminette 2012

Ramulose Ridge Traminette 2012

Producer: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards Region: Central Virginia, Virginia Price: $18 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Traminette ABV: 12.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: VERY aromatic! Jasmine, lilac, clover and lychee in the nose. Flavors of honey dew melon and honeysuckle with crisp, bright acidity bracketing the sweetness and an off dry finish of cedar and a touch of star anise. Extremely fresh, lingering and pleasant. Good for both red and white drinkers. A great start for this Virginia winery!   Read More »

Lava Vine Winery; A couple of regular folks making excellent wine (AmericanWineryGuide)

Lava Vine Winery 2014

To kill sometime in Napa before our next tasting appointment, we stumbled upon this hidden treasure of a winery right off of the Silverado Trail. Check out what we found within our latest post for AmericanWineryGuide.   HISTORY “In 2000, Joe Cabral purchased property containing a 4 acre vineyard in Franz Valley and began reworking the steeply sloped vineyard and produced his first port style wine. Four year later, after teaming up with a winemaker friend, Lava Vine was created. That same year, the two friends grafted the vineyard with Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Joe and his wife Jill purchased a winery property on the Silverado Trail and opened the doors in 2008. The Knights Valley Estate vineyard they purchased has steep slopes, loose rocky soils, and tight row spacing; all of their vines have to be tended by hand. The vineyard is also organically farmed ... Read More »

Storybook Mountain Vineyards; One of Napa’s (and the world’s) best Zinfandel Producers (AmericanWineryGuide)

Storybook Mountain 2014

Another vineyard review from our recent trip to Napa/Sonoma/Paso Robles a month ago. This vineyard was hands down one of the highlights of our trip, and has been listed as one of the world’s top Zinfandel producers for over ten years by some highly noted Wine publications. Please enjoy this contribution! HISTORY “The original estate was purchased in 1883 by Adam Grimm. Mr. Grimm’s family had grown wine in Germany, and he began planting Zinfandel on some of the 405 acres of land sitting just above Calistoga. His brother Jacob would later join him and assist in directing laborers to dig the three wine caves about 100 feet deep into the mountainside and establish Grimm’s Vineyard and WineVault. Nearly 20 years, the brothers decided to go in separate directions with Adam moving to San Francisco, and Jacob producing “sacramental and medicinal” wines. The property was subsequently abandoned and finally ... Read More »