Tasting 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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