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Vintage Ridge Vineyards & Winery for Sale; 3.75 Million and it’s yours!

“This 43-acre estate with a home built using three barns, also includes a 7-acre vineyard and winery. It is on the market for 3.75 million.” -CNN Money

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Ankida Ridge Vineyards; The “Little Burgundy” of Virginia

The year 2014 brought plenty of opportunities to expand our knowledge and palate in wine. One such opportunity was our honeymoon to Burgundy, which gave us a greater appreciation for the region and the Burgundian style of wine. While Burgundy is a bit of a trip, there is an incredible opportunity to regularly experience  Burgundy right here in Virginia.  Subsequently, we have taken multiple visits to Ankida Ridge Vineyards to visit with the Vrooman Family and their “Little Burgundy” venture as consultant, Lucie Morton, likes to put – and we certainly agree. Since first appearing on the scene in 2010, the Vrooman family, a wine loving duo keen on Burgundian style wines, have made a giant footprint on the wine scene in the state of Virginia and the world, for that matter. Many may not be familiar due to the tough regulations and unfair quantity standards of the much publicized …

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Quick Pour: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards 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!   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 …

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Quick Pour: Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013

Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous, golden color glimmers in the glass, while aromas of apricot and candied apple explode on the nose. Similar characteristics carry it forward in the flavor category with crisp, clean tropical notes and a touch of minerality and sweetness up front tapering off with subtle notes of apricot coating the back palate on the off dry, crisp finish. Bright acidity balances out the sweet notes and delivers a crisp, pleasurable tasting experience that can be paired with a nice flaky fish dish or alone while you are on rocking chair outside during these relaxing spring months ahead.   Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour …

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Quick Pour: Oak Ridge Lodi Ancient Vine Zinfandel 2009

Producer: Oak Ridge Winery Region: Lodi (CA) Price: $11.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: Zinfandel Virginia Pour House Notes: Looking for a Zinfandel that isn’t overpowering in the alcohol percentage column? The Oak Ridge Lodi Ancient Vine Zin comes in around 13.95% alcohol and  packs big flavors at a great price. Plum, blackberry, raisin, spice, and a kiss of oak that will boggle your senses with this wine’s complexities.  Blackberry and plum power through the taste buds, leaving behind fluttering notes of mocha and coffee. Surprisingly soft and round, appeasing the palate with more luscious fruit than jammy notes, and showing more on the medium bodied side with smooth tannins. For a pleasant Zinfandel that is high quality and in the $10 range, I highly recommend giving the Oak Ridge Lodi a try!     Producer: Oak Ridge Winery Region: Lodi (CA) Price: $11.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: Zinfandel Virginia Pour House Notes: …

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Quick Pour: Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2009; Partridge Foot the forgotten cousin of Malbec

Producer: Lionel Osmin Region: Vin De Pays; France Price: $8.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Partridge Foot Virginia Pour House Notes: Described as France’s “Forgotten Grape” and cousin to the Malbec grape. Lionel Osmin makes one of the only Pied de Perdrix in the world that sports some Beajoleous like qualities. Lush red fruit (prune), spice, and smoky notes from the nose to the palate, incorporating cinnamon and earthy notes mid palate with round, gentle tannins and a smooth subtle acidity. A long finish concludes with faint, smoky notes to the otherwise fruit forward finish. A great value and impressive price point for a rare, unique wine. Virginia Pour House Rating 85 Points

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Quick Pour: White Hall Sugar Ridge White NV

Producer: White Hall Vineyards Region: Central Virginia / Monticello AVA Price: $11.99 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: Opening with a nose of ripe peaches that precedes a light palate of honeyed apricots with a refreshing semi-sweet finish Virginia Pour House Notes: Concentrated aroma of freshly picked peaches and light pear set the tone for intense flavors of candied apricots which lingers long after each sip. The 3.5% Residual Sugar content makes for a sweet finish but, oddly, provides an almost effervescent mouth feel on the palate. Presented as a dessert wine on my table setting, I paired this wine with a few fresh cannolis. This wine is drinking well right now.   VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 86 Points

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General’s Ridge GRV White (NV)

Producer: General’s Ridge GRV White Price: $11.95 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: A blend of Traminette and Chardonel.  Traminette is the dominant grape to be noted.  Very floral with just a little sweetness.  A wonderful picnic wine or to be paired with spicy foods like Indian or Thai.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: toasty oak and citrus Flavors: a touch of apple and light floral notes Finish: bright fruit with floral notes Additional Notes: This light, white blend of Traminette and Chardonel is filled with floral characteristics and bright fruit throughout. Its balanced acidity and crisp, floral finish offers an ever so slight touch of sweetness that is the perfect match for any spicy dish or even just a hot summer day.  VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING: 86 POINTS

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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: contact@boxwoodwinery.com 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. kim.johnson@fauquiercounty.gov Peter.Schwartz@fauquiercounty.gov Holder.Trumbo@fauquiercounty.gov chester.stribling@fauquiercounty.gov lee.sherbeyn@fauquiercounty.gov chris.granger@fauquiercounty.gov 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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