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Hillsborough Vineyards; A spectacular view from atop Route 9

A brand new review of Hillsborough Vineyards on AmericanWineryGuide that I just finished up! Here is a quick sneak peak and the link to the full article below! “Founded by Zeynep and Bora Baki and their two boys, Hillsborough was a hobby that became a winery when Bora decided to retire to the tranquil hills of Loudoun Valley after 23 years as a successful entrepreneur. Hillsborough consists of 13 acres of vines divided over three plots of land. Planted varieties include: Petit Verdot, Tannat, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Sauvignon, and the French variety Fer Servadou; Hillsborough is one of the only vineyards in Virginia to grow this grape. Over thirty-six aces make up Hillsboroughs property and surround the tasting room where visitors will enjoy the pictureque view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one of the best views of the Northern Virginia countryside. Pulling off Route 9, a winding driveway leads …

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Reynard Florence Vineyard; Vines Planted with Family Roots

After a recent trip to Early Mountain Vineyards, a group of us decided to pop by nearby Reynard Florence Vineyard. Recently open to the public, this boutique winery was a  Central Virginia winery that I had not visited yet. Owners Roe and Dee Allison planted their vineyard on the very land they raised their family on over the past thirty or so years. Both attended Piedmont Virginia Community College, where in 2006 the couple received their degrees in viticulture and enology. They are very passionate about maximizing the land’s potential and building a business around it. With consultant Michael Shaps as their winemaker, the husband and wife duo have begun showing Virginia just what this family plot has to offer in terms of yielding high quality wine. The close to three acres of vines consist of Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a newly planted plot of Grenache. …

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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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868 Estate Vineyards; Loudoun County’s Newest Gem

After a recent trip to Breaux Vineyards, I passed an unfamiliar sign for a new winery which had just recently been opened to the public. The sign touted 868 Estate Vineyard and Winery. Intrigued, I immediately Googled and cross referenced the winery on VirginiaWine.org, and quickly found their website. At this time, I read that only winemaker Carl DiManno’s Revolution and Church Creek solo venture wines were available.  I proceeded to email Carl to find out when 868 Estate wines were going to be available, and Carl kindly offered to pour the new wines if I was interested in visiting in the near future.  How could I say no? Just an hour or so from downtown DC, located just off of Route 9 on Harper’s Ferry Road in Purceville, 868 Estate offers outstanding views, attractive farm landscape, and an onsite restaurant called Grandale Restaurant. 868 Estate Vineyards was originally an …

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Celebrating DC Wine Week / VA Wine Month; Washington Wine Academy Event

Last Friday the Washington Wine Academy and DC Wine Week 2012 hosted an event at the Washington Wine Academy, pouring nothing but Virginia wines and 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners. Over the course of the two hour event, three pouring stations, as well as a huge cheese and charcuterie spread, were packed into the small space that was populated by approximately 100 people.   My excitement mounted at the ability to taste all of the 2012 VA Governor’s Cup winners, especially the 2009 Hodder from Glen Manor, as it has been sold out for quite sometime. I was a bit disappointed that I missed the opportunity to try the RdV Rendevous 2009, as I still have a hard time coming to grips with the $40 tour/tasting fee and minimum $60 per bottle cost at RdV.  But, now, this was my chance to taste it for free. Sadly, they had poured all …

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Sunset Hills Vineyards; “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

The title…yea another Bottle Shock quote, hold your sarcastic comments on the tip of your tongue please! As for the topic of discussion we have tucked away in the hills of Purcellville, operating solely from solar power, is Sunset Hills Vineyards. The winery is an old farm with a newly restored barn utilizing all original pieces from the original barn from the 1870s, and precisely restored by an Amish team of workers a few years back. As you pull up the gravel road, you’re greeted by a small cottage to the right overlooking the man-made pond, with the vineyard fields to your left and right, and eventually pulling into the parking lot. As you park you will notice the trail up to the main barn, to your left a small storage shed with covered stone pavilion in its shadows, that holds outdoor tastings and entertainment through the summer months, and …

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Fabbioli Cellars: Italian tradition with a Virginia twist

Growing up in a very largely Italian demographic (Rhode Island) and being exposed to a lot of homemade Italian wines was a blessing in disguise for me. Coming across a winery with REAL ability to replicate real Italian style wine that I grew up with was a true rarity and a warm feeling from within. Late last year I had a bunch of vacation time at my job to burn before I lost it, so I decided to start taking random days (pretty consistent Friday departures) off and utilized them to explore Virginia’s Wine Country further. During this venture I was extremely grateful to make my first stop on this excursion Fabbioli Cellars. This wine I had come across on countless occasions at Total Wine in Fairfax and constantly wondered if it was worth the risk of tossing over my 10 dollar limit on trying a new wine I had …

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