Quick Pour: Sparkling Wine Varieties

Breaux Vineyards; World class wines with a touch of Cajun Spice!

A couple of weekends ago, I decided it was my at least yearly duty to revisit Breaux. Breaux has over 100 acres with 18 different varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Nebbiolo, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat Canelli, Muscat Orange, Muscat Giallo, Barbera, & Chambourcin) of wine grape on premises, and offers a beautiful scenic view with a gorgeous patio, a few Adirondack chairs on the hillside overlooking the vines, and a villa style tasting room. Another lovely winery to visit along the Route 9 trail worth visiting. The tasting room as you walk in, features a few bistro tables to your left, the various varietals and offerings to be purchased in mass amounts to your right, and the half-moon shaped tasting bar in the center. The tasting fee was ten dollars, and based off of my previous visits to the …

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King Family Vineyards; Kings of Crozet

A few weeks ago I made a chaotic trip down to Charlottesville to attempt to visit a few wineries in the area. My usual issue when visiting Charlottesville, is that I travel two hours to get there, so maximizing my time and amount of wineries I visit is top priority. The problem? I tend to push the  envelope and relax at a particular winery for far too long, which in turns, tosses my plans for a loop. It also has me playing the role of ‘that guy’, which means the last winery I visit has me bolting through the door at 4:55PM when they close at five. Apologies to those individuals that have to endure my sweat drenched, jittery, out of breath self, as I bust in as you’re closing up.  Also…THANK YOU! Regardless, I missed out that particular trip, so King Family Vineyards was the first stop after my …

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#WW Selection: Chester Gap 2010 Petit Manseng

This past weekend, after finally getting around to visiting Glen Manor Vineyards, I decided to take a swing by Chester Gap Cellars. My original intention was to stop by and grab a bottle of the 2009 Reserve Viognier, but to my disappointment they were completely out. So that being said, I decided to give in for a tasting; Can’t go wrong when the tasting fee is waved for purchasing a bottle and we all know how much I enjoy Chester Gap’s offerings. Regardless, the bottle I ended up picking up was the 2010 Petit Manseng. Higher in residual sugar than I drink regularly, I was still very much pleased with the overall quality of the wine. Being Wine Wednesday, I try to rotate a red and a white, off setting week to week. Tonight I was in the mood for some spicy Mexican food, and after defrosting some beef, there …

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Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin saves man from an inexcusable evening of bad TV

For the second evening in a row, I tossed on the television expecting to be roped into a hockey or NCAA basketball game, much like the previous night. Instead I was presented with a plethora of atrocities that are as-bad or worse than Mash or Little House on the Prairie reruns. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed, so I decided to go the Netflix route and pair it with a bottle of Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin that I picked up from the vineyard this past weekend. Indeep sang that “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” and I’m going to say this night the Chambourcin saved it…from the peril of boredom and my craving for a sweet but not quite white wine evening. Press play, check. Uncorked the bottle, check. Soft couch, check. The wine..excellent. After taking a whiff from the edge of the glass, I detect a very fruit forward …

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Glen Manor Vineyards; 2012 Governor’s Gold Cup Winner

After all of what I read about Glen Manor from the owner being an absolute perfectionist (NEVER a bad thing) to the 2012 Governor’s Cup win with the 2009 Hodder Hill Meritage (which sadly was not available during my tasting) my expectations were set higher than the 1000-1300 foot elevation of the grape vines of Glen Manor. Regardless, after all the anticipation and lost attempts, it was go time. An absolute odd day weather wise, the second I drove on the Glen Manor side of the mountain, the sky seemed to open up to blue skies and warmer weather…of course no complaints there. Down the winding road…okay okay…what is it like…nobody cares about the winding roads with twists and turns because lets face it, Virginia is full of them. As you pull up the road of the Vineyard your faced with a gorgeous tasting room building (shown below). The room …

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Loudoun Valley Vineyards; Wines and Tapas

After some advice from some writer friends of mine, I decided to take a new approach to my reviews. Unless, of course, I am absolutely in LOVE with ALL of the wines, I am going to highlight the best wines that I enjoyed to write about and put my tasting card notes next to the others. I will also be putting Google maps on each winery review with their info so that it is easier for you to find the places on your next excursion. That being said, I bring to you ::drum roll::…Loudoun Valley Vineyards. Now after reading a few of the other VA Bloggers take on this vineyard, I was a bit reluctant to rush to visit, but I made the trip anyway. The first time was a bit chaotic, and after 7 previous vineyard visits, I figured I would have to revisit the place just to give …

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Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay; Happy Wine Wednesday

For the past week I have been in Chicago for work, so this evening the last thing I wanted to do was cook dinner. What I did want to do is destroy some Chinese food in a bad way. So without hesitation, an order of Kung Pao Chicken with Chicken Fried Rice and Crab Rangoons were ordered. Now being Wine Wednesday (How could I forget), I decided that my selection would have to be a good one to compliment my wine, and my second viewing of the movie ‘Bottle Shock’. From the wine rack I reach and pull out on the first pull Twin Oaks Tavern 2009 Chardonnay. Recently visiting and soon to be reviewing, I decided why the hell not refrigerate this bottle and pair this up with my meal. The nose of this flew up and slapped me in the sinus with a very fruit forward Peach and …

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Stinson Vineyards: Short Run Wines, Not Short on Taste

The Monticello Wine Trail, encapsulates some of the best vineyards in the state of Virginia. Along the route of the trail, occassionally you may come across a small boutique winery that completely catches you off guard. Why wouldn’t it when the production maxes out at 120 cases per variety? Let me just say that short runs are meant to be treasured, and these wines are exactly that…a treasure. Pulling into the winery, there is about 5 acres of grapes and a garage style production/tasting facility with patio overlooking the fields. When you walk in the door, straight ahead, are three small tasting tables located against the back wall and to the right is the production and barrel room. Without further delay onto the tasting! Up first, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($21.99), the steel fermented white that hits the nose with light citrus notes, a palate of lemon and lime with …

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White Hall Villa…and Vineyards

Continuing on my Charlottesville getaway this past weekend, after leaving Stinson Vineyards, I passed a sign for White Hall. I paused, thought about it not being on my itinerary, then said “ahh what the hell”. Tossed the car in reverse, sped up the windy country road, and voila! What appeared to be a Villa style tasting room split the trees like a kicker splitting the uprights. This gorgeous structure tucked away in a wooded opening, is just astonishing. When you walk in the door, the smell of a fresh fire permeates through the air as you make your way around the divided tiled hall way. Smack dab in the middle of the tasting room, with the production area displayed through glass in the background, is the circular tasting bar. A couple very kind faces pouring and chatting up wine lovers all around, offered up the tasting in a perky manner. …

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Mountfair Vineyards, Big flavors come in small wineries

After a Rib-Eye steak from Ray’s The Steaks in Arlington, and a bottle of Hess Collection Select 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend from home, I decided to try to get some writing done tonight. I also decided that instead of reviewing my weekend in Charlottesville from the start, I would begin it in reverse…the WINE made me do it! Anyhow, the last vineyard that I was able to fit in before departing Charlottesville this past Sunday was Mountfair. As I took off from White Hall, flying down Route 810 at beyond unsafe speeds, all to try to beat the clock to arrive before 5PM, I arrived only to discover  they were open until 6.  I try to not be that guy showing up before closing, but honestly, I drove 2 hours to get there, I want wine, so settle down people.  (This is the point where most staff would …

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