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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: 2011 A.A. Badenhorst The Curator Red Wine

Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Producer: A.A. Badenhorst Family Region: Swartland, South Africa Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 82% Shiraz, 16% Mourvedre and 1% each Cinsault and Viognier; (13.6% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Ripe red fruit, herb, and exotic spice aromas gives way to plush flavors of currants, blueberry, and a touch of juicy red berry (raspberry/strawberry) on the palate, while finishing semi-sweet with silky smooth texture, and peppery tannins outlined by herbaceous undertones throughout. A great value buy!   Quick Pour: …

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Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2007

Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Producer: Tamaiolo Region: Tuscany, Italy Price: $12 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: Sangiovese; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Woody, laced red berry aromas and a very traditional nose with red berry up front mixing in cherry undertones and a subtle spice lining. Lively acidity, dry medium bodied, and bold tannins that settle after decanting for about 20-30 minutes. Great value buy for under 15 bucks and a steal for the 2007 Chianti Classico vintage year.   Quick Pour: Tomaiolo Chianti Classico Riserva …

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Quick Pour: Cocobon Cellars Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cocobon Cellars Region: Livermore Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $7.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Jammy plum and dark berry fruit forward nose showing a smooth, supple soft palate filled with plum and spice up front while it’s whisked away with smooth dark chocolate notes, tamed acidity overall and hints of black cherry and sweet tobacco complete this highly anticipated new vintage wine (at least in my household). Short to medium length finish and velvety smooth. Not nearly as zesty and lengthy as the 2011, but showing potential to make its way into the weekly dinner rotation as an everyday red wine. Producer: Cocobon Cellars Region: Livermore Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $7.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petit Sirah; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Jammy plum and dark berry fruit forward nose showing a smooth, …

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Quick Pour: Cline Cellars Cashmere Red Blend 2012

Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth and elegant. Producer: Cline Cellars Region: Sonoma Valley AVA, California, United States Price: $16.80 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah (14% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Very aromatic and seductive with cherry, raspberry, and undertones of spice and oak whisking your senses away. The palate is balanced with juicy intensity bearing a soft, round structure ensconced with ripe pie cherry and plum that is wrapped in a veil of milk chocolate finishing smooth …

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Quick Pour: Fulkerson Winery Gruner Veltliner 2012

Producer: Fulkerson Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Price: $12.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Estate Grown Gruner Veltliner (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Soft white stone fruit (peach) cohabits the nose with tropical aromas while the palate is presented with bright citrus, stone fruit, and a touch of minerality. A nicely balanced mouthfeel puts the cherry on top while it also packs some crisp acidity and finishes dry and smooth. Producer: Fulkerson Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Price: $12.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Estate Grown Gruner Veltliner (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Soft white stone fruit (peach) cohabits the nose with tropical aromas while the palate is presented with bright citrus, stone fruit, and a touch of minerality. A nicely balanced mouthfeel puts the cherry on top while it also packs some crisp acidity and finishes dry and smooth. …

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Quick Pour: 2010 Rocca Trentatre Rosso Red Blend

Producer: Rocca Family Wines Region: Salento IGT, Puglia, Italy Price: $5.99 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 33.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33.3% Merlot, 33.4% Montepulciano Virginia Pour House Notes:  This 2010 blend titled “trentatre” or “33” consists of 33.3% equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Montepulciano. The grapes are harvested from the Rocca Family’s vineyard in the Apulia region of Southern Italy (the Southeast portion of the boot near the heel facing the Adriatic Sea). I randomly selected this wine at Trader Joe’s one evening because I was intrigued by the blend and the price point. I was completely caught off guard, and overwhelmed by the depth and soft nature that was presented to my senses. The nose was teased with aromas of ashed wood, mocha, espresso bean, licorice, and black currants in layers. While along the front of the palate, this young wine was greeted by dark plum, espresso, and mocha adding soft plush tannins and a smooth …

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Quick Pour: Lakewood Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012

Producer: Lakewood Vineyards Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York Price: $13.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris Additional Notes: Fifth Vintage Virginia Pour House Notes:  Zesty acidity with hints of green melon and tart apple waft upward as crisp ripe pear and green apple blend across the palate providing ripe, juicy, and fresh flavors. Tart pear and orange peel notes put the icing on the senses and leave a refreshing tingle on the bright, clean finish. A great wine that paired particularly well with our mild chicken fajita dish. Producer: Lakewood Vineyards Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York Price: $13.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris Additional Notes: Fifth Vintage Virginia Pour House Notes:  Zesty acidity with hints of green melon and tart apple waft upward as crisp ripe pear and green apple blend across the palate providing ripe, juicy, and fresh flavors. Tart pear and orange peel notes put the icing on the senses and …

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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: Chester Gap Cellars Cuvée Manseng 2011

Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% Viognier. It has burst of pineapple aroma followed by pineapple/grapefruit on the palate. The residual sugar and acid are nicely balanced.” Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia white blend is vibrant with passion fruit, candied apricot, and a plethora of citrus fruit. Nuances of tropical fruit and spice cut through the acidity and balance out the palate leaving behind fresh, ripe tropical fruit. A true Summer sipper but will pair great with white fish over the next year or so. Drink now for optimal enjoyment.   Producer: Chester Gap Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 60% Petit Manseng, 40% Viognier Winemaker Notes: “The Cuvee Manseng is a blend of 60% Petit Manseng and 40% …

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