Events

EVENT: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival April 9-11 | Charlottesville, VA Three days of celebrating the best of Central Virginia Wines Tickets on sale now! CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 2015 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will take place April 9-11, celebrating the best of Central Virginia wines over the course of three days. Tickets are on sale now and available at monticellowinetrailfestival.com and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall. The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a partnership between the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater. In addition to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville other key sponsors and event partners include Bank of the James and Keller & George jewelers. The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote and encourage cooperation among the various award-winning Central Virginia wineries, which have helped …

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The 2013 Finger Lakes Riesling Release Launch | Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing, & Bellangelo; How do they fare?

Producer: Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Red Oak Vineyard Riesling Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Built on a backbone of crisp apple and pear aromas showing off zesty citrus undertones followed by crisp delicious apple flavors up front with puckering tartness from front to mid-palate while going the distance with light notes of lime and a crisp minerality and finishing with more ripe fruit and mineral notes in an off dry manner. The finish really shows off the tart lime qualities that were shown early on, but are subtle towards the back palate. Overall, a decent Riesling, but could use some time to settle that tart quality. Producer: Fox Run Vineyards Region:  Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Dry Riesling Price: $18 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (11.2% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Petrol and rubber duck (new) plastic with …

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A local tasting with Bennett Sewell of Bodega Familia Sewell Winery

One of my favorite places to visit in my neighborhood in Fairfax, Virginia is Swirl & Sip Wine Shop, which recently opened in the Mosaic District. Not only does this shop pay particularly close attention to special, hard-to-find wines, they constantly strive to learn and to teach others about these unique wines directly from the winemaker or owner’s mouth. Almost every week, a winemaker or owner comes to pour their wines at their tasting bar to talk about not only what went into making the wine, but the story behind the label with visiting patrons. The tastings are always free, and they showcase some very special wines, ranging from unusual locations and unique technique. They also  offer most of the wines poured for sale after the tasting. In fact, a couple of weeks back, I met the Proprietor from Valley of the Moon Winery in California, and it was because …

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Tasting Event: Chester Wine Society’s Virginia Wine Vertical Tasting and Exploration

This past weekend, I was invited to pour and lead a discussion in Richmond, Virginia at a Chester Wine Society gathering. My fiance’s mother, Cindi, helped start the wine loving group as a way to explore and expand their knowledge of wines from all over the world, as well as bring together great people. We drove down from DC fresh off of our flight from California wine country and brought two vertical tastings: Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserves from 2010-2012 and 2011 Cabernet Francs from Rappahannock Cellars, Fabbioli Cellars, and Berry Hill Vineyard. I also included a bottle of the Rappahannock Cabernet Franc Reserve from 2010 to compare and contrast how vastly different vintage years could be. We all took part in open discussion, enjoyed some great finger foods, and voted on our favorites from the group. We begin first with the vertical tasting of Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserve, …

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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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2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Award Winners

February 27, 2014 Office of the Governor Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office Contact: Annette Boyd Phone: (804) 402-1896 Email: Annette.Boyd@Virginiawine.org   Adagio Joins 11 Other Fine Virginia Wines from 9 Wineries to Comprise Governor’s Cup      Secretary Haymore Awarded Wine Person of the Year by the VWA  RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the 2014 Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery’s 2010 Adagio, a blended red wine. The Governor’s Cup was awarded February 27 at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala at the John Marshall Hotel. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to award the Governor’s Cup to The Williamsburg Winery, one of Virginia’s oldest and most prolific wineries. It is no secret the Commonwealth’s wine industry has experienced tremendous growth both in quantity and quality in recent years. Such growth has an enormous impact on Virginia in terms of …

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New Years Eve Selections: A Virginia Blind Sparkling Tasting 2013

This past March, Frank Morgan (DrinkWhatULike Wine Blog) organized our annual Virginia Blind Sparkling gathering at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison. Now you may be scratching your head asking, “Why in the world is he just now posting this article?” Well it’s quite simple, you, the reader, would be generally more interested in sparkling wines and champagne style bubbly before New Years, now rather then in March. I, first, would like to thank Frank and the entire staff at Early Mountain for their hospitality and accommodations during our annual event. As far as the format is concerned, we generally collect around 12-15 sparkling wines and toss in a couple of wild cards from outside Virginia to liven up the sparkling and see where Virginia stands compared to those outside of the state. Paul and Warren from VirginiaWineTime, the duo from Swirl, Sip, and Snark, Allan from CellarBlog, as well as …

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EVENT: State of Wine: A Tasting of Virginia Wines

State of Wine: a Tasting of Virginia Wines December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm | $55 Join the Washington Wine Academy and the Crystal City BID as they host a pop up event featuring the Wines of Virginia. They are gathering 10 of the arguably best wineries in the state of Virginia in one place for you.  Usually one would have to travel throughout the state of Virginia to visit each of these wineries. They are making it easier for you by selecting the top ones and bringing them and their wines into one place. They are proud to be the very first ones to be able to offer such an event. Bring a notepad to write down your comparative tasting notes! Wineries included so far are (alpha order): Barboursville Winery Boxwood Winery Chrysalis Vineyards Horton Vineyards Linden Vinyards Paradise Springs Winery Pearmund Cellars Rappahannock Cellars RdV Vineyards Trump Winery You will be given …

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Vertical Tasting: A Rappahannock Meritage Vertical Event

It’s really no surprise that one of my favorite Virginia wines out there is Rappahannock Cellars Meritage. Year after year, this bold blend created in old-world Bordeaux style continues to impress people with its plethora of layers and firm tannin structure — even the lackluster 2011 vintage that most of Virginia struggled with. After discussing with Allan Delmare about having a small gathering for a vertical tasting, we nailed down a date and invited a few people over to the Pour House to rate our favorite vintages starting with the 2007 and ending with the 2012 barrel sample. Myself, Allan, Allan’s girlfriend Lauren, my fiancé Jaymie, and wine consultant extraordinaire Bryan Toy of Dionysos Consulting Group each tasted the vintages and discussed our critiques. The results were consistent among the five of us, and, now without further delay, here are the results in order of favorite to least favorite, as …

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An Exciting Virginia Pour House Announcement

Some exciting news to report from this past weekend and, no, Quattro Goombas is still NOT making Virginia Wine and Jim Law has not offered a helping hand to other local wineries. Jaymie and I got engaged Sunday afternoon at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntley, Virginia. HUGE thanks to Allan Delmare as well as the entire Delmare family for helping facilitate this special day. Special thanks to Allan’s staff, including Nick and Phillip and Allan’s girlfriend Lauren.  You all helped make our day special and memorable. We also wanted to thank the future Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Amy Turner as well as Fred and Allison over at This Is Wine (my other half of the Two Yutes Wine Blog). What appeared to Jaymie to be a typical day of stopping by Rappahannock Cellars for a glass of wine turned out to be much, much more. Allan invited us down to the …

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