Quick Pour: Dessert Wine Varieties

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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Barrel Oak Winery; Friends and Family Welcome…Dogs encouraged!

Here is a new review that I wrote for AmericanWineryGuide.com on Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane. Enjoy! “After a few trips to Barrel Oak over the early days of my blog and progression of my palate, it was time for us to take a trip out to test the latest offerings. Sitting high in Delaplane on a hillside in the gorgeous Piedmont countryside, Barrel Oak presents one of the top family and kid friendly wineries in the United States (according to Wine Enthusiast). The atmosphere at the winery supports this claim with children and dogs roaming the tasting room and stampeding around the property while parents have the opportunity to taste at one of the tasting bars downstairs or upstairs. On sunny Spring days, one would often see children flying kites high up on the hill. Most of the parking is along the road heading up towards the tasting room, …

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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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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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Rappahannock Cellars; Recent visit(s) and Anniversary Celebration!

Do any of you recall the Governor’s Case winners from last year? It should come as no shock that a bottle of Rappahannock Cellars 2010 Meritage was included in there. What should come as a shock is why there were not more Rappahannock Cellars wines included. Visit after visit, release after release, Rappahannock continues to separate themselves from the rest of the pack of great wine producers in the State of Virginia. With well over 1,000 Wine Club Members, a newly renovated Members section, and glorious perks of being a Member, I think it’s time to ask yourself a question. If you aren’t a Member of Rappahannock Cellars, what is wrong with you? This weekend marks the 12th Anniversary of Rappahannock Cellars and the celebration consists of live musical performances by Marie Miller and Pigs from a Gun on Saturday and Sunday, as well as catered food by Jack Knuckle …

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Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli chimes in on Fauquier County Drama

For those of you who have been wondering about where the battle of the Board of Supervisors (Fauquier County) vs. Fauquier Wineries stands, the Virginia Wine Council released this statement a couple of weeks ago from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Now this does not state that there is any action being taken by Cuccinelli, it merely offers an opinion from the Attorney General. This also maybe a preview of what’s to come. Back in February, Barrel Oak settled with the Board, but another suit was filed against the Board by 10 other wineries. The details of that suit can be read here.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE POLICY CONTACT: Katie Hellebush, Director 804.726.6021 KHellebush@AllianceGroupLtd.com Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Exceeds Local Authority RICHMOND – Attorney General Cuccinelli declared on July 19, 2013 that the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance related to farm wineries exceeds the locality’s zoning authority and …

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars; My First Finger Lakes Visit

A few months back, a mid-winter celebration with some of my girlfriend’s family in Rochester, New York brought me a golden opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes Region of the country. After speaking to a few other writers and suggestions of other wine enthusiasts, I was without a doubt that Dr. Frank would be the number one visit of the trip.   This man wasn’t just a pioneer for wine in New York, but also for wine in the Northeast and the United States as a whole. Dr. Frank was a professor of plant sciences with his Ph.D. specifically in viticulture. After arriving in this country in 1951, Dr. Frank moved upstate from New York City to take a position at Cornell University’s Geneva Experiment Station. Since then, his years of research paid off as Dr. Frank was the first individual to successfully grow European Vinifera grape in the Northeastern …

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Stone Tower Winery; No Corners Cut When It Comes to Quality

As many of you may have noticed, the Virginia Winery scene has completely exploded with wineries popping up everywhere you look around the state. The problem with this new trend is that a good portion of these wineries are hasty and either purchase grapes from other vineyards or simply rush their vintages out to start producing in order to pay the bills. I can’t knock doing what you have to to pay bills, but there is a certain degree of time and finesse that goes into producing great wine. Stone Tower Vineyards demonstrates perfectly this time and finesse needed to produce great wines. Stone Tower Winery is located in Leesburg, not far down the road from downtown Middleburg. The property was originally owned by Michael and Kristi Huber’s family, and they purchased over 200 acres of the property from the family’s 1400 acres for Stone Tower Winery. Driving up to …

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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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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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