Wineries

Catoctin Creek Winery; Passion Makes Perfect

When referencing either whiskey or wine, if you live in Northern Virginia, you probably have heard the name Catoctin Creek. I’m sure plenty of other people have confused the two as being made by the same company or entity. What most do not realize is they are not. Catoctin Creek is own and operated by a one man army named Jim Hanna. In 2004, after retiring from a well-known organization in downtown Washington, DC, Jim moved from Bethesda to a small development tucked away in the town of Purcellville. Jim decided to follow his passion for both photography and wine. With the help of some local wine experts by the names of Doug Fabbioli (owner and Winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars) and Dave Collins (oormer Winemaker at Breaux Vineyards), Jim began learning and producing some of the most appealing boutique wines I have had in Northern Virginia. He has been making …

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Quick Pour: Cardinal Point Winery Union 2010

Producer: Cardinal Point Winery Region: Monticello AVA; Central Virginia Price: $24.00 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 78% Petit Verdot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc Virginia Pour House Notes: A fury of oak and ripe cherry pops out on the nose. Full and flavorful with blackberry and black cherry with a touch of raspberry undertones. Subtle tannins mix with concentrated ripe berries which mellow toward the finish with smooth and supple qualities. VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 85 Points

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Ox-Eye Vineyards; A Taste of Shenandoah in Downtown Staunton

My newest posting for AmericanWineryGuide, Ox-Eye Vineyards, has been posted. Below I have included additional tasting notes for my readers, with a link directly to the review as well. Enjoy! “While glancing at the Virginia Winery Guide map during our trip around the Shenandoah Valley, I noticed Ox-Eye Vineyards nearby; but we also noticed it is located in the center of downtown Staunton. Curious, I pulled up the Ox-Eye Vineyard’s website to find out just what this winery is all about.” Read Entire Article Here Full Tasting Notes: Chardonnay 2010 ($19): aromas of pear and citrus that dissipates to strictly citrus adding subtle notes of apple mid palate while finishing crisp and clean Gewurztraminer/Traminette 2011 ($22): spicy lychee notes on the nose with big floral (rose) and spice smoothing out over the palate to the clean finish Riesling 2011 ($18): “Citrus aromas mesh with bright acidity, adding a touch of …

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The Winery at Bluestone Vineyard; From Personal to Business

The end of 2012 brought a few wild weekend trips in Virginia Wine Country. We expanded our ventures beyond just our usual area of visitation.  The plan was to hit the southern part of the state as well as the Shenandoah Valley.  We tried to visit as many of the wineries as we could each day.   As I will be covering our travels through the Shenandoah Valley in the coming weeks, I decided to follow the write-up on Barren Ridge with a look at Bluestone Vineyard, the final stop on the Shenandoah Valley trip. With daylight dwindling and most of the wineries closing, we went to Bluestone to take part in their standard tasting. For $5 you are able to taste 7 whites and 4 reds.  For $7, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2011 Estate Grown Blue Ice wines are included. I had recently tasted the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon …

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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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Fabbioli Cellars; Tre Sorélle Vertical

Recently, my girlfriend and I joined Fabbioli Cellar’s Wine Club. The fact that Doug Fabbioli has come close to mastering Italian varietals was part of the big attraction to joining the club. One of the first club events that we received an invitation to was the recent Tre Sorélle vertical tasting, held in Fabbioli’s Barrel Room. The Tre Sorélle variety is Doug’s Bordeaux style blend, consisting of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot. The tasting consisted of the 2009, 2010 and 2011 vintages with a barrel sample of the 2012 Merlot (which is still fermenting and will eventually be blended with the other two varietals to create the 2012 Tre Sorélle). As we took our position in front of our carefully arranged wine glasses on the U-shaped table in the Barrel Room, Doug began to share some information about each of the vintages and what to expect from each year. …

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Corcoran Vineyards; An Afternoon At Corky’s Farm

A couple of weeks back Fred and Allison (ThisIsWine Wine Blog) invited Jaymie and I to visit Corcoran Vineyards and meet with Lori Corcoran for a tasting. I thought about my last visit to Corcoran, and had a hard time recalling.  So, I figured, why not?  As you enter the property, to your left is the Brewery, the Wine Production Facility and Lori’s Home.  And, to the right, the tasting room sits in the shadows of an old barn. As you enter the quaint and charming tasting room, you will notice the square tasting bar and a couple of tables near the fireplace. The tasting room is an old, converted farm house which is both rustic and polished, breathing new life while still maintaining its historical aura.  We stepped up to the bar and exchanged greetings with Lori, who has the friendliest, bubbly personality and is one of the most …

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Barren Ridge Vineyards; The Tasting Notes

Last month, I wrote an article on Barren Ridge Vineyards for the American Winery Guide. Since then I’ve received a couple of emails asking for me to include my full tasting notes from my trip to Barren Ridge. As requested, I’ve posted them below. My favorites are notated with an asterisk.  Thanks and enjoy! 2010 Vidal Blanc ($16): Grassy and citrus on the nose w/lime and bright acidity on the palate, crisp fresh finish 2010 Tinkling Spring ($19): very floral aromas with a plethora of light fruit flavors and citrus finishing light and crisp 2011 Viognier ($22): apple and a touch of apricot on the nose w/ citrus and apple dominating the palate, rich and fruity finishing fresh and clean 2009 Chardonnay ($18): “Citrus and tropical fruit aromas combined with lush, fruit forward flavors of crisp apple and tropical fruit bless the palate, a buttery mouthfeel adding notes of toasted …

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Barren Ridge Vineyards; A Quaint Shenandoah Valley Trail Stop

For those of you that haven’t heard, I’ve accepted a writing position with American Winery Guide (www.americanwineryguide.com) covering the trails of Virginia, south of Culpepper. My first review was of Barren Ridge Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley. Below is an excerpt including a link to the full review. I will continue to post articles on the Virginia Pour House Site and alert my readers of new postings on American Winery Guide through the site as well. “The Place:  Located on a high ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, is Barren Ridge Vineyards. This Shenandoah gem, formerly an apple orchard, is maintained by an unusual semi-arid climate that steers rain clouds away from the ridge with the help of its proximity to the two mountains. Hot, dry days and a constant cool breeze at night help set the groundwork for near perfect grape growing conditions. …

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Berry Hill Vineyard; Virginia Cabernet Franc At It’s Best

For a while I’ve been trying to find time to schedule an appointment to Berry Hill.  My wine tasting excursions are generally spur of the moment on the weekends so it’s often difficult for me to schedule tastings. After speaking with Kurt (@WineAboutVA), Julie (@JulesVine), Erin (@AtTheLamppost), Kathy (@Virginia_Made) and Fred (@ThisIsWine) about some potential dates, we finally nailed down a solid date for our visit. Located just down the road from the Hume area wineries, Berry Hill Vineyards is family owned and operated by the Hilty family and is located near Flint Hill in Rappahannock County.  The property was originally spotted in an issue of Southern Living Magazine by David Hilty and his wife and they immediately fell in love with the home and property. The winery itself is actually encapsulated in the Hilty’s three-car garage. At this point you may be a bit put off but keep reading. …

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