Tag Archives: 2014

Quick Pour: Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Moldova)

This unique find is pale green in color and exhibits fresh and lively character enhanced by green apple and citrus juice notes. It shows off subtle tropical notes that flaunts its elegant structure in an Old World style with a crisp and slight tart, yet clean, finish. It's incredibly refreshing and one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs to date [...]

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Quick Pour: Hart Family Winery Limited Release Arneis 2014

Producer: Hart Family Winery
Region: Temecula Valley, California, USA
Price: $26
Vintage: 2014
Varietals: 100% Arneis
ABV: 13.6%

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Quick Pour: Labor Day Rosé Selections

Chateau Lafayette Reneau Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA)
Groundworks (Sans Liege) Grenache Rose 2013 (Paso Robles AVA, California, USA)
Boxwood Winery Rose 2013 (Middleburg AVA, Virginia, USA)
Jacuzzi Vineyards Rosato di Sangiovese 2013 (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)
Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2013 (Washington Birthplace AVA, Virginia, USA)
Ingleside Vineyards Rosato di Sangiovese 2014 (Washington Birthplace AVA, Virginia, USA)
Scribe Winery Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (Sonoma County, California, USA)

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Quick Pour: Rosemont Vineyards Rosé 2014

Producer: Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia, USA
Price: $17.95
Vintage: 2014
Varietals: Chambourcin
ABV: 13%

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars 2014 VX2 White Blend

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh flowers and a nod of tropical fruit towards the back as it finishes clean and fresh. An amazing blend that is both very fruit forward and surprisingly near bone-dry. Pairs perfectly with fresh pan seared lemon & pepper seasoned cod, served over couscous, with sauteed Brussels sprouts.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh …

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Dogfish Dash 2014

Dashing for beer!

I was recently in Rehoboth Beach, DE for my annual late September “beach” vacation. The last weekend in September every year is the Dogfish Dash, Dogfish Head’s 5k/10k race. This year was my fourth in a row of running the race and the event has been growing amongst my group of friends every year. The first year it was just a few of us, but this year we had enough people to rent two houses between about 15 of us. We came in on Saturday morning and after spending some time in Rehoboth watching college football, we decided to head to Dogfish Head Brewing and Eats for dinner. Who else is sitting at the table next to us than the man himself, brewery owner Sam Calagione. We weren’t going to bother him during his dinner with family, but my brother-in-law simply gave him a quick “thank you” as he walked …

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The 2013 Finger Lakes Riesling Release Launch | Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing, & Bellangelo; How do they fare?

Producer: Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Red Oak Vineyard Riesling Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Built on a backbone of crisp apple and pear aromas showing off zesty citrus undertones followed by crisp delicious apple flavors up front with puckering tartness from front to mid-palate while going the distance with light notes of lime and a crisp minerality and finishing with more ripe fruit and mineral notes in an off dry manner. The finish really shows off the tart lime qualities that were shown early on, but are subtle towards the back palate. Overall, a decent Riesling, but could use some time to settle that tart quality. Producer: Fox Run Vineyards Region:  Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Dry Riesling Price: $18 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (11.2% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Petrol and rubber duck (new) plastic with …

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Two Twisted Posts; Nothing twisted about this operation in Loudoun County (AmericanWineryGuide)

After a recent win in the Governor’s Cup competition, there was a new spotlight focused on this new venture and required a visit to see what they were all about. What they provide visitors in terms of wine quality, atmosphere, and overall experience is something that few in Loudoun County have been able to match in a long time. Take a peak at what Two Twisted Posts Winery is all about in our latest contribution to AmericanWineryGuide. HISTORY “After purchasing property nestled in the valley along Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville in 2008, Brad and Theresa Robertson were looking for a way to provide a winery where people can get away from the city to truly relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy some wine. The couple had some orchard farming experience and decided to give growing wine grapes a try. They initially planted 3 acres of vines along their …

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2014 Virginia Wine Blogger Petit Verdot Blind Tasting at Casanel Vineyards

Since my first Blind Tasting years back, I have developed a love for this unbiased format of tasting your way through multiple varieties of the same wine from various producers. Blind tastings really provide tasters the ability to try wine without judging based on producer, price, or reputation because, well, it’s blind. My goal is to assemble groups of fellow bloggers, industry folks, and wine enthusiasts to take part in multiple blind tasting events to assist in unbiasedly pointing out some of Virginia’s standouts. During certain blind tastings, we may toss a couple of wild cards in there from other viticultural areas outside of Virginia to see where Virginia stands blindly against other producers throughout the world. One of the first events we held this year  was this blind Petit Verdot tasting, which was graciously hosted by Katie and the wonderful folks at Casanel Vineyards in Leesburg, Virginia. We originally …

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