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Quick Pour: Hector Wine Company Essence Blend 2013

Producer: Hector Wine Company
Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States
Price: $25
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 33% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Franc, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 12.9%

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Quick Pour: South Coast Winery Viognier 2013

Producer: South Coast Winery
Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States
Price: $20
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: 100% Viognier
ABV: 14.1%

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day White Wine Alternatives

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Rieslings

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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: Lakewood Vineyards 25 Anniversary Blanc de Noir 2011

Producer: Lakewood Vineyards & Winery
Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States
Price: $30
Vintage: 2011
Varietals: Pinot Noir
ABV: 12%

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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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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 3): Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386

Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet tobacco, spicebox and cherry – all supported by fine tannins and a ripe, black fruit-filled finish. The full mouthfeel, round structure and fruit driven palate makes for an excellent wine to pair or enjoy on its own.   Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet …

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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: Sunset Hills Sunset Red Blend; A Vertical of the 2010 & 2011

Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Shenandoah AVA, Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 39% Petit Verdot, 36% Cabernet Franc,  21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, Estate Vineyard #1 , Estate Vineyard #2, Estate Vineyard #3, Maggie Malick Vineyard; (13% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Pepper, raspberry, and rose petal notes greet the nose, while juicy fruit forward flavors of strawberry, cherry, and wild berry jam across the tastebuds with very tuned down tannins (faintly present), and a short, stunted finish with very light notes of oak and floral notes craving for some last minute attention. Average.   Producer: Sunset Hills Vineyards Region: Middleburg AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $28 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 62% Cabernet Franc (Berry Hill Vineyard & Benevino Vineyard), 17% Nebbiolo (Berry Hill Vineyard), 12% Merlot (Sunset Hills Vineyard), 9% Petit Verdot (Waterford Vineyard) ; (13.5% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Rich chocolate notes enveloped by light tobacco notes …

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