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Breaux Vineyards Madeleines Chardonnay 2010

Producer: Breaux Vineyards Price: $19 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Madeleine’s was steel fermented at cool temperatures, eliciting robust fruit notes, a medium body, and refreshing acidity. Flavors such as banana, pineapple, & red pear shine through on this wine that pairs fine with food, but stands alone as a Fall-sipper just as well. One of the great aspects of making wine from Virginia grapes is that the resulting wines are wonderfully aromatic and expressive.  With that in mind, we choose to make our Madeline’s Chardonnay in 100% stainless steel, avoiding oak contact completely.  What this has done is it allowed the wine to showcase the beautiful Virginia-grown Chardonnay’s aromatic potential, and that gives you, as the drinker, the ability to experience what those grapes smell and taste like in a pure, unmasked environment. Awards: SILVER MEDAL – Governor’s Cup Wine Competition (Virginia) – 2011 Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: very aromatic with …

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Breaux Vineyards; World class wines with a touch of Cajun Spice!

A couple of weekends ago, I decided it was my at least yearly duty to revisit Breaux. Breaux has over 100 acres with 18 different varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Orange, Muscat Giallo, Barbera, & Chambourcin) of wine grape on premises, and offers a beautiful scenic view with a gorgeous patio, a few Adirondack chairs on the hillside overlooking the vines, and a villa style tasting room. Another lovely winery to visit along the Route 9 trail worth visiting. The tasting room as you walk in, features a few bistro tables to your left, the various varietals and offerings to be purchased in mass amounts to your right, and the half-moon shaped tasting bar in the center. The tasting fee was ten dollars, and based off of my previous visits to the …

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2014 Virginia Wine Blogger Petit Verdot Blind Tasting at Casanel Vineyards

Since my first Blind Tasting years back, I have developed a love for this unbiased format of tasting your way through multiple varieties of the same wine from various producers. Blind tastings really provide tasters the ability to try wine without judging based on producer, price, or reputation because, well, it’s blind. My goal is to assemble groups of fellow bloggers, industry folks, and wine enthusiasts to take part in multiple blind tasting events to assist in unbiasedly pointing out some of Virginia’s standouts. During certain blind tastings, we may toss a couple of wild cards in there from other viticultural areas outside of Virginia to see where Virginia stands blindly against other producers throughout the world. One of the first events we held this year  was this blind Petit Verdot tasting, which was graciously hosted by Katie and the wonderful folks at Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia. We originally …

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Early Mountain Vineyards; Committed to the Very Best of Virginia, for Virginia

Another AmericanWineryGuide article, this time about the Steve and Jean Case owned winery in Madison, Virginia, Early Mountain Vineyards. A couple of months ago, a large gathering of Virginia Wine bloggers united to tour and taste at Early Mountain, and see what they had to offer to Virginia. Take a peak at just what we concluded…and be sure to check out the Spring/Summer menu below!   “Early Mountain opened its doors in June of 2012 in a newly transformed and renovated building with detailed stone work, airy ambience, open wood raftered barn style ceiling, swanky tile work, vintage farm tables and chairs, and gas fireplaces scattered about the facility. Shortly, after opening the facility, Early Mountain introduced their “Best of Virginia” tasting. Rather than simply offering Early Mountain produced wines, they hand-selected and feature wines they deem as the best wines from around the Commonwealth of Virginia. Wineries such as …

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Catoctin Creek Winery; Passion Makes Perfect

When referencing either whiskey or wine, if you live in Northern Virginia, you probably have heard the name Catoctin Creek. I’m sure plenty of other people have confused the two as being made by the same company or entity. What most do not realize is they are not. Catoctin Creek is own and operated by a one man army named Jim Hanna. In 2004, after retiring from a well-known organization in downtown Washington, DC, Jim moved from Bethesda to a small development tucked away in the town of Purcellville. Jim decided to follow his passion for both photography and wine. With the help of some local wine experts by the names of Doug Fabbioli (owner and Winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars) and Dave Collins (oormer Winemaker at Breaux Vineyards), Jim began learning and producing some of the most appealing boutique wines I have had in Northern Virginia. He has been making …

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868 Estate Vineyards; Loudoun County’s Newest Gem

After a recent trip to Breaux Vineyards, I passed an unfamiliar sign for a new winery which had just recently been opened to the public. The sign touted 868 Estate Vineyard and Winery. Intrigued, I immediately Googled and cross referenced the winery on VirginiaWine.org, and quickly found their website. At this time, I read that only winemaker Carl DiManno’s Revolution and Church Creek solo venture wines were available.  I proceeded to email Carl to find out when 868 Estate wines were going to be available, and Carl kindly offered to pour the new wines if I was interested in visiting in the near future.  How could I say no? Just an hour or so from downtown DC, located just off of Route 9 on Harper’s Ferry Road in Purceville, 868 Estate offers outstanding views, attractive farm landscape, and an onsite restaurant called Grandale Restaurant. 868 Estate Vineyards was originally an …

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Celebrating DC Wine Week / VA Wine Month; Washington Wine Academy Event

Last Friday the Washington Wine Academy and DC Wine Week 2012 hosted an event at the Washington Wine Academy, pouring nothing but Virginia wines and 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners. Over the course of the two hour event, three pouring stations, as well as a huge cheese and charcuterie spread, were packed into the small space that was populated by approximately 100 people.   My excitement mounted at the ability to taste all of the 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners, especially the 2009 Hodder from Glen Manor, as it has been sold out for quite sometime. I was a bit disappointed that I missed the opportunity to try the RdV Rendevous 2009, as I still have a hard time coming to grips with the $40 tour/tasting fee and minimum $60 per bottle cost at RdV.  But, now, this was my chance to taste it for free. Sadly, they had poured all …

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TasteCamp Day Two; The trip through flavor country

Day one of the TasteCamp event proved to be nothing short of spectacular, and a bit overwhelming. Sounds rough I can imagine you saying yourself. After so many wines, your palate goes numb and all ability to decipher between two reds or whites goes right out the window! That being said, I was eager to see what day two would have in store for us. There we were, rolling up the long driveway into the parking lot of Fabbioli Cellars, and who better to greet us but Doug Fabbioli? Doug started his tour by explaining the many challenges that most of the other wineries had been faced with this year, frost risk and the early heat. The early heat has led the way to a 2-3 week early start to the bud break and growing season. The early bud break extends the season, which increases the chance of insect or …

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TasteCamp 2012: Day One…

First and foremost, I would like to thank Frank Morgan (@DrinkWhatULike) and Lenn Thompson (@lennthompson) for putting together a weekend packed with some pretty incredible wine, vineyard tours, lunches and dinners, great writers/bloggers, transportation, and experiences that I’m sure pushed all participants palates to the limit! I would also like to thank Tarara, Jordan Harris, Ankida Ridge, Annefield, Barboursville, Boxwood Winery, Blenheim, Gadino Cellars, Glass House, Hume, Notaviva, Paradise Spring, Pearmund, Rappahannock Cellars, White Hall, Breaux Vineyards, Jenn Breaux, Corcoran, Delaplane, General’s Ridge, Horton, Loudoun Valley, Narmada, Philip Carter, Stinson, Zephaniah, Fabbioli Cellars, Doug Fabbioli,  8 Chains North, Otium Cellars, North Gate, Linden, Jim Law, Visit Loudoun dot com, VirginiaWine.org, Smokin’ Willy, and Ben Renshaw. WHEW. Pause. Okay. Now that my thanks are out of the way, I would like to take the time to curse the WMATA for holding me up just enough to allow me to miss the …

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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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