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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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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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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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EVENT: Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS

Here at Virginia Pour House, I’m all about supporting charity events and helping others in need to the fullest extent I can. After attending a blind sparking tasting at Early Mountain Vineyards (my second year attending), I spoke with Allan over at CellarBlog about his work with some other Virginia wineries to hold on an event supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I told him I would spread the word and I am, after all, a man of my word. The Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS is a great event (and very inexpensive given the enormity of the cause). I strongly urge all of you, the readers, to put May 5th on your calendars and attend this charity event. For online ticket purchasing, there will be a pre-registration online, but you can also purchase tickets at the door for no additional cost. The details are …

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Wine Cooperative & Ruffino Wine Dinner; Washington, DC

A couple of weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend the Ruffino Wine Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center. The event was hosted by Ruffino’s National Sales Director Daniel Burgio, the meal prepared by Chefs Xavier Deshayes and Todd Gray, and sponsored by DC International Wine and Food Festival’s Wine Cooperative. For those not familiar with the Wine Cooperative, it’s the same group of people behind DC’s International Wine and Food Festival, with the goal of providing a cozy atmosphere to share your passions for food, wine, and spirits while learning how chefs and sommeliers pair beverages with food. Their goal is to provide both a social and a learning experience, while affording you the opportunity to mingle with industry folk as well as others who share similar passions. What more could you ask for? Great food, great drinks, and great company. This event was …

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