Quick Pour: White Wine Varieties

Quick Pour: Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: Red Newt Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Seneca Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $15 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (10.3% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lemon zest backed by light red apple  and tropical notes lead to a crisp, yet semi-sweet palate filled with ripe tart apple and plenty of depth in the department of tropical fruit.  This Riesling is balanced and smooth adding more citrus and mineral nuances towards the back palate, while finishes up slightly tart, yet refreshing overall. Producer: Red Newt Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Seneca Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $15 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (10.3% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lemon zest backed by light red apple  and tropical notes lead to a crisp, yet semi-sweet palate filled with ripe tart apple and plenty of depth in the department of tropical fruit.  This Riesling is balanced and smooth adding more citrus and mineral nuances towards the …

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Tasting Event: Chester Wine Society’s Virginia Wine Vertical Tasting and Exploration

This past weekend, I was invited to pour and lead a discussion in Richmond, Virginia at a Chester Wine Society gathering. My fiance’s mother, Cindi, helped start the wine loving group as a way to explore and expand their knowledge of wines from all over the world, as well as bring together great people. We drove down from DC fresh off of our flight from California wine country and brought two vertical tastings: Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserves from 2010-2012 and 2011 Cabernet Francs from Rappahannock Cellars, Fabbioli Cellars, and Berry Hill Vineyard. I also included a bottle of the Rappahannock Cabernet Franc Reserve from 2010 to compare and contrast how vastly different vintage years could be. We all took part in open discussion, enjoyed some great finger foods, and voted on our favorites from the group. We begin first with the vertical tasting of Chester Gap Cellars Viognier Reserve, …

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Quick Pour: Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lots of minerality and fruit-forward citrus jump-start the senses, while the palate is balanced with an almost creamy texture and setup by juicy stone fruit. Balanced by bright acidity and heavy mineral character, the finish is crisp and clean adding in additional notes of honeysuckle that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. This would be a great wine to pair with pecan-crusted walleye or flaky white fish with a sweet demi-glace. Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lots of minerality and fruit-forward citrus jump-start the senses, while the palate is balanced with an almost creamy texture and setup by juicy stone fruit. Balanced …

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Quick Pour: Hosmer Winery Chardonnay 2012

Producer: Hosmer Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Cayuga Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $14 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Chardonnay; (13.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: A faint golden hue and subtle aromatics, this youthful Finger Lakes Chardonnay is showing some impressive complexities. Layers upon layers tout nuances of floral, lime, toasty oak, apricot, and pineapple notes, while showing a nice medium-bodied structure and crisp mineral finish. With a little bit more bottle age the expressive acidity on the palate will settle down a little bit and develop really nicely. Producer: Hosmer Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Cayuga Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $14 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Chardonnay; (13.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: A faint golden hue and subtle aromatics, this youthful Finger Lakes Chardonnay is showing some impressive complexities. Layers upon layers tout nuances of floral, lime, toasty oak, apricot, and pineapple notes, while showing a nice medium-bodied structure and …

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Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling …

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Quick Pour: Pine Ridge Vineyards Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2013

Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous, golden color glimmers in the glass, while aromas of apricot and candied apple explode on the nose. Similar characteristics carry it forward in the flavor category with crisp, clean tropical notes and a touch of minerality and sweetness up front tapering off with subtle notes of apricot coating the back palate on the off dry, crisp finish. Bright acidity balances out the sweet notes and delivers a crisp, pleasurable tasting experience that can be paired with a nice flaky fish dish or alone while you are on rocking chair outside during these relaxing spring months ahead.   Producer: Pine Ridge Vineyards Region: Stags Leap District AVA, Napa, California Price: $12.99 (SRP $15) Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier; (12.5% ABV) Virginia Pour …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Chardonnay 2012

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Chardonnay Virginia Pour House Notes: The nose boasts classy floral notes, while citrus and apple nuances mingle with smooth vanilla highlights to introduce you to the beauty that makes up the palate.  The flavors start with a soft and creamy texture bearing some toasted coconut, oak, creamy vanilla, banana and some tropical hints. This wine is perfectly balanced with enough oak to smooth out and weight the bodies profile, but not drench the palate with butter. Nice, medium bodied structure and smooth acidity. Overall, a great representation of well made Chardonnay.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Chardonnay Virginia Pour House Notes: The nose boasts classy floral notes, while citrus and apple nuances mingle with smooth vanilla highlights to introduce you to the beauty that makes up the palate.  The flavors …

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Quick Pour: Fulkerson Winery Gruner Veltliner 2012

Producer: Fulkerson Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Price: $12.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Estate Grown Gruner Veltliner (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Soft white stone fruit (peach) cohabits the nose with tropical aromas while the palate is presented with bright citrus, stone fruit, and a touch of minerality. A nicely balanced mouthfeel puts the cherry on top while it also packs some crisp acidity and finishes dry and smooth. Producer: Fulkerson Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Price: $12.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Estate Grown Gruner Veltliner (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Soft white stone fruit (peach) cohabits the nose with tropical aromas while the palate is presented with bright citrus, stone fruit, and a touch of minerality. A nicely balanced mouthfeel puts the cherry on top while it also packs some crisp acidity and finishes dry and smooth. …

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Quick Pour: Lakewood Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012

Producer: Lakewood Vineyards Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York Price: $13.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris Additional Notes: Fifth Vintage Virginia Pour House Notes:  Zesty acidity with hints of green melon and tart apple waft upward as crisp ripe pear and green apple blend across the palate providing ripe, juicy, and fresh flavors. Tart pear and orange peel notes put the icing on the senses and leave a refreshing tingle on the bright, clean finish. A great wine that paired particularly well with our mild chicken fajita dish. Producer: Lakewood Vineyards Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York Price: $13.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris Additional Notes: Fifth Vintage Virginia Pour House Notes:  Zesty acidity with hints of green melon and tart apple waft upward as crisp ripe pear and green apple blend across the palate providing ripe, juicy, and fresh flavors. Tart pear and orange peel notes put the icing on the senses and …

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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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