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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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White Hall Villa…and Vineyards

Continuing on my Charlottesville getaway this past weekend, after leaving Stinson Vineyards, I passed a sign for White Hall. I paused, thought about it not being on my itinerary, then said “ahh what the hell”. Tossed the car in reverse, sped up the windy country road, and voila! What appeared to be a Villa style tasting room split the trees like a kicker splitting the uprights. This gorgeous structure tucked away in a wooded opening, is just astonishing. When you walk in the door, the smell of a fresh fire permeates through the air as you make your way around the divided tiled hall way. Smack dab in the middle of the tasting room, with the production area displayed through glass in the background, is the circular tasting bar. A couple very kind faces pouring and chatting up wine lovers all around, offered up the tasting in a perky manner. …

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day White Wine Alternatives

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Quick Pour: Sakonnet Vineyards Petite White NV

Producer: Sakonnet Vineyards Region: Rhode Island Price: $14 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: Sakonnet Vineyards has pioneered the production of fine wines in Southern New England for thirty-five years. All of our estate wines reflect the favorable maritime climate found along Rhode Island’s beautiful coast. This wine combines the crisp acidity of Vidal and the floral, spicy hallmarks of Gewurztraminer. This light-bodied blend is yellow-white in color with subtle white grapefruit aromas. The strength of the fruit flavors creates the perception that the wine is off-dry, yet it is not. The stainless steel treatment highlights the crisp, coastal acidity. Grassy, white grapefruit flavors linger through the fresh finish, which is medium in length. Both the Vidal and Gewurztraminer components have distinctive flavor profiles which allow this blend to pair well with a variety of dishes. Dry jack, goat and gouda cheeses work superbly with the wine’s spicy, citrus character. Prosciutto, veal …

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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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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 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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Mountfair Vineyards, Big flavors come in small wineries

After a Rib-Eye steak from Ray’s The Steaks in Arlington, and a bottle of Hess Collection Select 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend from home, I decided to try to get some writing done tonight. I also decided that instead of reviewing my weekend in Charlottesville from the start, I would begin it in reverse…the WINE made me do it! Anyhow, the last vineyard that I was able to fit in before departing Charlottesville this past Sunday was Mountfair. As I took off from White Hall, flying down Route 810 at beyond unsafe speeds, all to try to beat the clock to arrive before 5PM, I arrived only to discover  they were open until 6.  I try to not be that guy showing up before closing, but honestly, I drove 2 hours to get there, I want wine, so settle down people.  (This is the point where most staff would …

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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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Tablas Creek Vineyard; A taste of Rhône in Paso Robles

Visiting Paso Robles for the first time was nothing short of amazing. The laid back setting, rolling hills, and less crowded viticultural area provides wine enthusiasts with what most people seek when visiting California wine country – peace and quiet, great food, great people, and AMAZING wines. This particular day brought us to a hand full of wineries, all of which showed very different wines. We were able to stop by two Neil Collins wineries, including Tablas Creek Vineyard. English-born Neil Collins was actually a trained Chef, but eventually came to dabble and subsequently focus solely on winemaking and vineyard management. With stints at Adelaida Cellars and Wild Horse, Neil met owners Robert Haas and the Perrin family when Tablas Creek was beginning its journey, and Neil had to be a part of it. Tablas Creek was founded by the Perrin Family, proprietors of Château de Beaucastel in famous Chateauneuf-Du-Pape, …

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