Quick Pour: Choices by Variety

Quick Pour: Shenandoah Vineyards Johannisberg Riesling 2011

Producer: Shenandoah Vineyards Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Riesling Winemaker Notes: “Lots of stone fruit and light sweetness balanced by a crisp finish make this a very refreshing wine.“ Virginia Pour House Notes:  Notes of ripe Asian pear and floral qualities present themselves on the nose, while vibrant juicy flavors of white stone fruit and crisp granny smith apple explodes on the palate. A touch of sweetness highlights the finish while still maintaining some crisp and refreshing qualities.     Producer: Shenandoah Vineyards Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Riesling Winemaker Notes: "Lots of stone fruit and light sweetness balanced by a crisp finish make this a very refreshing wine." Virginia Pour House Notes:  Notes of ripe Asian pear and floral qualities present themselves on the nose, while vibrant juicy flavors of white stone fruit and crisp granny smith apple explodes …

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Quick Pour: 2011 Dr. Konstantin Frank Sauvignon Blanc

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Region: Finger Lakes, NY Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Notes: The Dr. Frank Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful citrus nose with orange zest and grassy notes. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Tropical notes with some light citrus and grassy qualities waft upward presenting some unique qualities blended with typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. The palate is coated with a smooth creamy texture  with more tropical notes, while adding nuances of zesty citrus undertones, giving way to a crisp and clean citrus lined finish with just a kick of spice for good measure. Excellent wine! Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Region: Finger Lakes, NY Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Notes: The Dr. Frank Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful citrus nose with orange zest and grassy notes. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Tropical notes with some light citrus and grassy qualities waft upward presenting …

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Quick Pour: Early Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay 2011

Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards Region: Central Virginia, Virginia Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker Notes: Refreshingly complex –  12.25% ABV; 332 Cases Produced Virginia Pour House Notes:  Aromas of bright sweet apple bursts on the nose and carries well into the palate with additional nuances of orange peel and tropical notes. This Chardonnay has a creamy mouth feel but maintains its structure with just a hint of toasty oak on the clean and refreshing finish. This wine can be paired with fish or a light chicken dish, but complex enough to stand on its own.     Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards Region: Central Virginia, Virginia Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay Winemaker Notes: Refreshingly complex -  12.25% ABV; 332 Cases Produced Virginia Pour House Notes:  Aromas of bright sweet apple bursts on the nose and carries well into the palate with additional nuances of orange peel and …

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Quick Pour: Rosemont Vineyards Cabernet Franc & Merlot 2010

Producer: Rosemont Vineyards & Winery Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia Price: $20.95 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Cabernet Franc Winemaker Notes: Notes of dark cherry and berry, toast and Indian spice with light oak undertones. This medium bodied wine shows tons of elegance with supple tannins that add a soft dusty grip. Perfect wine for a well-seasoned steak. Wine Enthusiast 84 Point Rating Virginia Pour House Notes:  A complex bouquet of light smoke, oak, red currants, pepper, and cherry aromas mingling on the nose giving your senses a smorgishboard to play with. The palate is filled with ripe dark cherry up front and tapered off by by firm, spicy tannins that lead your taste buds to subtle hints of hickory and slightly tart cherry  a finish filled with dark fruit and lingering warming spice. Virginia Pour House Rating 87 Points     Producer: Rosemont Vineyards & Winery Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia Price: …

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Quick Pour: B-Side Cabernet Sauvignon & Red Blend 2010

When it comes to Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon or blends sourced using much of the same Cab grapes, the wines generally carry a pretty hefty price tag that often post price tags for over $50. If you are to stumble upon a producer that produces similar or competitive quality, that actually captures the quality and essence of the Valley and provides an affordable price tag, well then you’ve hit the lottery.  After reading through Wine Enthusiast’s 30 Cabs under $30 last April, I started hitting my local wine shops in search of a couple of these Cabs to not only see for myself if these producers can offer that Napa Valley charm at the right price, but also to recognize some new and upcoming talent in the wine-making world.  Being a music enthusiast and former DJ, the B-Side brand immediately stood out as a ‘must have, must find’ bottle of …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia Price: $36.50 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 90% Cabernet Franc; 10% Merlot Winemaker Notes: Intense purity and volume of fruit. Loads of fruit on the nose with an abundance of varietal character. Rich, round, and extracted on the palate with a slight sweetness of fruit. Decant first. Virginia Pour House Notes:  A plethora of dark ripe fruit with a hint of oak and spice mingle on the nose with round and concentrated flavors on the palate of smooth dark fruit (black cherry and plum) and assorted berry notes. A faint touch of sweetness jazz up the back of the palate while spice and supple tannins provide  a deep warm lengthy finish leaving behind layer after layer of ripe dark fruits. An excellent drink now wine, that may stand strong for a couple more years. Virginia Pour House Rating 90 Points

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Quick Pour: Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2009; Partridge Foot the forgotten cousin of Malbec

Producer: Lionel Osmin Region: Vin De Pays; France Price: $8.99 Vintage: 2009 Varietals: 100% Partridge Foot Virginia Pour House Notes: Described as France’s “Forgotten Grape” and cousin to the Malbec grape. Lionel Osmin makes one of the only Pied de Perdrix in the world that sports some Beajoleous like qualities. Lush red fruit (prune), spice, and smoky notes from the nose to the palate, incorporating cinnamon and earthy notes mid palate with round, gentle tannins and a smooth subtle acidity. A long finish concludes with faint, smoky notes to the otherwise fruit forward finish. A great value and impressive price point for a rare, unique wine. Virginia Pour House Rating 85 Points

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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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Quick Pour: Ingleside Vineyards Petit Verdot Reserve 2007

Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA Price: $32.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Petit Verdot Notes: This wine was aged entirely in French oak for 30 months. Virginia Pour House Notes: Complex, balanced, and full bodied, this Petit Verdot shows an abundance of ripe blackberry, cassis, and black plum, with notes of violet, vanilla, and spice box that are wrapped tightly with firm, polished tannins. Velvety and rich on the palate with a lingering finish leaving behind scintillating notes of spice and toasty oak. Very approachable now, and will drink well over the next decade. Excellent wine to pair with hearty meat or an aged sharp cheese. VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 92 Points

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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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