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Barrel Oak Winery; Friends and Family Welcome…Dogs encouraged!

Here is a new review that I wrote for on Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane. Enjoy! “After a few trips to Barrel Oak over the early days of my blog and progression of my palate, it was time for us to take a trip out to test the latest offerings. Sitting high in Delaplane on a hillside in the gorgeous Piedmont countryside, Barrel Oak presents one of the top family and kid friendly wineries in the United States (according to Wine Enthusiast). The atmosphere at the winery supports this claim with children and dogs roaming the tasting room and stampeding around the property while parents have the opportunity to taste at one of the tasting bars downstairs or upstairs. On sunny Spring days, one would often see children flying kites high up on the hill. Most of the parking is along the road heading up towards the tasting room, …

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Beer Review: Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale (2016)

Producer: Hardywood Brewing
Region: Richmond, VA
Style: English Barleywine Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrel
Price: $15
IBU: 55
ABV: 6.6%

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli chimes in on Fauquier County Drama

For those of you who have been wondering about where the battle of the Board of Supervisors (Fauquier County) vs. Fauquier Wineries stands, the Virginia Wine Council released this statement a couple of weeks ago from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Now this does not state that there is any action being taken by Cuccinelli, it merely offers an opinion from the Attorney General. This also maybe a preview of what’s to come. Back in February, Barrel Oak settled with the Board, but another suit was filed against the Board by 10 other wineries. The details of that suit can be read here.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE POLICY CONTACT: Katie Hellebush, Director 804.726.6021 Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Exceeds Local Authority RICHMOND – Attorney General Cuccinelli declared on July 19, 2013 that the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance related to farm wineries exceeds the locality’s zoning authority and …

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Middleburg AVA Approved; AVA all Boxed in

A huge congratulations to Rachel Martin, EVP of Boxwood Winery in Middleburg for her tireless effort in getting the Middleburg AVA approved. Below is the press release from Boxwood regarding the approval of the AVA.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALL MEDIA OUTLETS Contact: Rachel Martin Telephone:  540-687-8778 x1 Email: MIDDLEBURG VIRGINIA AVA APPROVED   Middleburg Virginia AVA is the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) designated by the  U.S. Treasury Department today in the Federal Registry.   An AVA is a grape-growing region that is defined by its geographic features which affect the type and style of the wine it produces.  Wineries in the area can identify themselves as being in the AVA if their wines are made from a minimum of 85% of grapes grown in the area. Wines can be designated as “Estate Bottled” if the grapes are grown on the winery’s estate. There are currently 198 AVAs in …

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Fauquier Board Of Supervisors’ Pass anti-winery Ordinance; Jim Law changes name to Benedict Arnold

For those of you who have not heard, the Fauquier Board Of Supervisors passed the anti-winery Ordinance. Vote: AGAINST (1), Sherbeyn; FOR (4), Granger, Stribling, Trumbo, Schwartz. Interested in sounding off to those FOR? Here are their emails, have at it. I first want to thank the Swirl, Sip, and Snark duo for the excellent coverage of the meeting last night. There is a link at the bottom of this post which summarizes the fireworks from the meeting, through the eyes of GrapeEnvyGuy on Swirl, Sip, and Snark Blog. The shocker of the evening had to be Jim Law, of Linden, coming out in support of the ordinance. PAUSE. Let’s be honest, Jim, you started your winery on your family trust, you had wiggle room to fail and got away without relying on events because of your infinite amounts of funding. MOST OF THESE …

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The Winery at La Grange

As many people may already know, it’s been a relatively warm Winter in Northern Virginia. Just before Christmas, a few good friends from Boston came down for a visit and requested that we visit some of the local wineries that I had raved about. One that I just could not let go by unnoticed, was The Winery at La Grange. The first time I visited this winery, I wasn’t sure if this was just a unique house and the rest of the development would be following, or the tasting room. What was originally built-in the 1790s as a manor home, was recently restored in 2006, and turned into the new Tasting room and Winery at La Grange. The solid brick structure sits on beautifully landscaped property at the foothills of the mountains. Upon taking the trot up the walkway to the historic home (now tasting room) I noticed a few …

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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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Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, their winery is a must visit when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. All of their wines are crafted from Estate grown grapes that are grown on 23 acres of …

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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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