Events

Dogfish Dash 2014

Dashing for beer!

I was recently in Rehoboth Beach, DE for my annual late September “beach” vacation. The last weekend in September every year is the Dogfish Dash, Dogfish Head’s 5k/10k race. This year was my fourth in a row of running the race and the event has been growing amongst my group of friends every year. The first year it was just a few of us, but this year we had enough people to rent two houses between about 15 of us. We came in on Saturday morning and after spending some time in Rehoboth watching college football, we decided to head to Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats for dinner. Who else is sitting at the table next to us than the man himself, brewery owner Sam Calagione. We weren’t going to bother him during his dinner with family, but my brother-in-law simply gave him a quick “thank you” as he walked …

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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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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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Father’s Day Weekend Event Announcement: Dancing Under the Stars at Ingleside Vineyards

When: Saturday, June 15th from 7pm – 10pm Where: Ingleside Vineyards *** Father’s Day Special: Save $5 per ticket when you buy 4 or more! Mention this promotion when calling. Advance tickets only, please reserve by 4pm on Friday.*** Join us for an evening of Dancing Under the Stars to benefit the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra! Enjoy big band music and wine tasting in our European courtyard. An evening of fun for a great cause! Admission includes music, a tasting of our award-winning wines, winery tour, and a souvenir glass. Optional dinner available by advance reservation or bring your own picnic. Reservations are strongly recommended for music and required for dinner. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (music only). Dinner: $15 (advance reservations only). It’s also Father’s Day Weekend so whether you come for Father’s Day, music, dancing, wine, food, or just the atmosphere, all are guaranteed to have …

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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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2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winners; Barboursville Vineyards And…

Fresh off the press, the 2013 Virginia Governor’s Cup Winner is Barboursville Vineyards for their 2009 Octagon 12th Edition! Congratulations to Luca Paschina, the Zonin Family, and the entire staff at Barboursville for not only winning the Governor’s Cup but for being the first vineyard in Virginia to win the cup four times. Also, a big congratulations goes out to the other 11 Vineyards for earning a spot in the Governor’s Case in no particular order: Cooper Vineyards – 2010 Petite Verdot Reserve King Family Vineyards – 2010 Meritage Lovingston Winery – 2009 Josie’s Knoll Estate Reserve (Meritage) Philip Carter Winery – 2010 Cleve (Petite Verdot, Tannat) Pollak Vineyards – 2009 Cabernet Franc Reserve Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery – 2010 Richland Reserve Heritage (Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petite Verdot) Rappahannock Cellars – 2010 Meritage RdV Vineyards – 2010 Rendevous (Meritage) RdV Vineyards – 2010 Lost Mountain (Meritage) …

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Beaujolais WineChat; The Flight of Five

A couple weeks ago, Frank Morgan, from DrinkWhatYouLike Wine Blog, organized a Beaujolais tasting at Ripple, a chic wine bar located in the Cleveland Park section of Washington, DC. Ripple has a fantastic spread of charcuterie and cheeses as well as small plates and dishes, all following the farm-to-table concept. Their sommelier and General Manager, Danny Fisher, has selected a variety of fine wines and is very knowledgeable assisting you with any pairing requests or questions you may have. Ripple is also a great establishment for a #WineChat dinner.  I am not too familiar with Beaujolais wines as they are generally too light bodied and lack the intense tannins that I usually crave. However, I am not one to turn down a wine dinner or an opportunity to chat, eat, and sip vino with a few oenophiles like myself.   Also in attendance was Christian Schiller (of Schiller-wine, a German wine blog), …

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