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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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The Southern Part of the Northern Neck; As good as the Northern Part?

Memorial Day weekend, the weekend I finish up the Northern Neck Region of Virginia. I started my travels heading south on 17 and coming across Good Luck Cellars. With plenty of chatter across twitter from both Good Luck Cellars and other bloggers, I decided this would be a good starting point. I pulled up to the newly renovated tasting room. On the right, an olive oil display.  And to the left, leather chairs and couches all set up around a beautiful fireplace. In front of the living room setup, is the main tasting bar, beautifully crafted with glasses and bottle racks displayed on the back wall. To the left is the overspill tasting bar, an almost miniature version of the main bar.  Based on my experiences with Ingleside and some of the wineries further north, I brought some high expectations to Good Luck Cellars.  I was not disappointed.     …

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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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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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Beer Review: Founders Blushing Monk (2015)

Producer: Founders Brewing Company; Grand Rapids, MI Style: Belgian Style Fruit Ale Price Range: $15-20 / bottle ( oz) ABV: 9.2% Appearance: Deep, bright red with a small fizzy white head Aroma: Raspberry, faint grass and straw Virginia Pour House Review: Founders Blushing Monk is one of the brewery’s seasonal releases that you pretty much have to get lucky in order to find. I did just that, spotting a bottle in the wild while picking up a keg. It is a Belgian-style ale fermented with pure raspberries. It pours a bright red with a fizzy white head and smells mostly of raspberry, with faint hints of grass underneath. The first taste is mostly raspberry and there’s a nice sourness to the berries. Upon subsequent sips, the raspberry is almost more apparent and the sourness really shines through. I could also discern some of the characteristics of the Belgian malts, with some …

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Berry Hill Vineyard; Could this be our last visit to Berry Hill?

A few weeks back, I was going through my wine cellar and noticed a bottle of Berry Hill Cabernet Franc from 2010. I remember it being palate shocking and absolutely outstanding from the nose to the finish, and it got me thinking that it has been a while since we all visited Dave at the vineyard. Coincidentally, I received a note from Kurt at WineAboutVA explaining that Dave was selling his house and vineyard so we needed to plan a final visit. Kurt put in the call to Dave and, voila, our last trip to Berry Hill Vineyards was planned. As I mentioned in last year’s visit, Dave Hilty is retired and started making wine as a hobby and for gifts until the tremendous success erupted into a full blown winery operation out of his garage. With just about 2 acres of grapes on the property, a portion of which is …

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Gabriele Rausse Winery; If you’re not familiar, you need to be

When holding a casual conversation with anyone who has a hand or two in the Virginia Wine Industry, you can inquire as to their opinion of who are the big names when it comes to producing good wine in the state. Many will ramble off names such as Jim Law, Luca Paschina, and Michael Shaps due to their respective reputation of either producing good wines or consulting for a large portion of new vineyard startups in Virginia. However, there is a name missing in that list – Gabriele Rausse. Many people do not realize that when Gabriele first came to the United States, he landed his first vineyard job stateside with fellow countryman Gianni Zonin and his new startup, Barboursville Vineyards, in April of 1976. Prior to that, Gabriele had completed his University studies in his home country of Italy and began working for Santa Margherita until he enlisted in …

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars; My First Finger Lakes Visit

A few months back, a mid-winter celebration with some of my girlfriend’s family in Rochester, New York brought me a golden opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes Region of the country. After speaking to a few other writers and suggestions of other wine enthusiasts, I was without a doubt that Dr. Frank would be the number one visit of the trip.   This man wasn’t just a pioneer for wine in New York, but also for wine in the Northeast and the United States as a whole. Dr. Frank was a professor of plant sciences with his Ph.D. specifically in viticulture. After arriving in this country in 1951, Dr. Frank moved upstate from New York City to take a position at Cornell University’s Geneva Experiment Station. Since then, his years of research paid off as Dr. Frank was the first individual to successfully grow European Vinifera grape in the Northeastern …

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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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