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Otium Cellars; Where else can you find Dornfelder? Seriously?

Last weekend, I decided that after leaving my sunglasses at Magnolia’s in Purcellville after a visit to Above Ground Winery, I should probably go retreive them. Secretely, I just really wanted a nice brunch, and to put myself in position to stop by Otium Cellars. After hearing from Kurt @ WineAboutVA that they were open for a soft opening until the official opening in mid-May, I knew I had to get there before they were official, to give all of my readers a heads up if the winery was as good as what I have had in the past. A lot of their wines were available at 8 Chains North over the past year or two, so I had the opportunity of a preview tasting. Now I get a chance at the full fleet of available wines and I couldn’t be more exciting. If you haven’t been to Magnolia’s at …

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Virginia Wineries

8 Chains North Winery 868 Estate Vineyard and Winery Above Ground Winery (formerly 29 Vines) Aspen Dale Winery at The Barn Arterra Wines Barrel Oak Winery Berry Hill Vineyard Boxwood Winery Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery Breaux Vineyards Cardamon Vineyards Catoctin Creek Winery Capitol Vineyards Casanel Vineyards Chateau OBrien at Northpoint Chester Gap Cellars Chrysalis Vineyards Cobbler Mountain Cellars Corcoran Vineyards Creeks Edge Winery Crushed Cellars Cana Vineyard Delaplane Cellars Desert Rose Ranch & Winery Doukenie Winery Dry Mill Vineyards Winery Fabbioli Cellars Fox Meadow Winery Gadino Cellars Gray Ghost Vineyards Granite Heights Orchard and Winery Hartwood Winery Hidden Brook Winery Hiddencroft Vineyards Hillsborough Vineyards Hume Vineyards Hunters Run Wine Barn Lake Anna Vineyards Leaves of Grass Vineyard & Winery Linden Vineyards Little Washington Winery Lost Creek Vineyard and Winery Loudoun Valley Vineyards Maggie Malick Wine Caves Marterella Winery Mattaponi Winery Mediterranean Cellars Miracle Valley Vineyard Molon Lave Vineyards Morais …

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Out of Town: A Day Exploring Temecula’s Wine Country

Last year, I finally took advantage of the opportunity to visit Temecula’s Wine Country. With iPods loaded with crazy throwback tunes, playlists roaring and near perfect weather, my friends and I hit the open road on our way through the hills to Temecula. What was I expecting upon arriving? To be honest, I had no idea. I had been to Stone Brewing Company the previous year so the scenery I was looking for was similar to that. Desert hillsides lined with sparse greenery, palm trees and a lot of rocky soil. As we approached the "Welcome to Temecula" sign, we drove past gorgeous housing communities and neighborhoods, which had me scratching my head. Okay... so, where is wine country? [...]

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Spring Break: Portland, Day 2

Day 2 of my Portland trip featured more of the same from day #1… great food and great beer. After an amazing breakfast featuring a chorizo burrito and French toast with huckleberry jam at Tasty n Alder, and great coffee at Barista, we headed over the bridge into East Portland to see what this area had to offer. The first place we hit was Burnside Brewery. Burnside Brewery 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 So we started off the day here and I thought it would be a great idea to get a taster tray of all their beer. Turns out, that might not have been the best idea. Their taster tray consisted of 18-4 oz taster (in case you’re keeping track at home, that’s 4.5-12 oz beers). Here’s what that looked like: Right. I had some work to do. I sipped each of these very slowly, but some …

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Stone Tower Winery; No Corners Cut When It Comes to Quality

As many of you may have noticed, the Virginia Winery scene has completely exploded with wineries popping up everywhere you look around the state. The problem with this new trend is that a good portion of these wineries are hasty and either purchase grapes from other vineyards or simply rush their vintages out to start producing in order to pay the bills. I can’t knock doing what you have to to pay bills, but there is a certain degree of time and finesse that goes into producing great wine. Stone Tower Vineyards demonstrates perfectly this time and finesse needed to produce great wines. Stone Tower Winery is located in Leesburg, not far down the road from downtown Middleburg. The property was originally owned by Michael and Kristi Huber’s family, and they purchased over 200 acres of the property from the family’s 1400 acres for Stone Tower Winery. Driving up to …

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Sunset Hills Vineyards; “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

The title…yea another Bottle Shock quote, hold your sarcastic comments on the tip of your tongue please! As for the topic of discussion we have tucked away in the hills of Purcellville, operating solely from solar power, is Sunset Hills Vineyards. The winery is an old farm with a newly restored barn utilizing all original pieces from the original barn from the 1870s, and precisely restored by an Amish team of workers a few years back. As you pull up the gravel road, you’re greeted by a small cottage to the right overlooking the man-made pond, with the vineyard fields to your left and right, and eventually pulling into the parking lot. As you park you will notice the trail up to the main barn, to your left a small storage shed with covered stone pavilion in its shadows, that holds outdoor tastings and entertainment through the summer months, and …

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