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Beer Review: Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Barleywine Ale (2016)

Producer: Hardywood Brewing
Region: Richmond, VA
Style: English Barleywine Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrel
Price: $15
IBU: 55
ABV: 6.6%

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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Rieslings

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Quick Pour: Dusted Valley Boomtown Syrah 2012

Producer: Dusted Valley Winery
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $19
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 2% Malbec
ABV: 14.1%

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Quick Pour: South Coast Winery 2010 GVR White Blend

Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle that appeared on the nose, tapering with luscious structure and velvety smooth.  A pure shocker from Temecula showing very well. Producer: South Coast Winery Region: Temecula AVA, California, United States Price: $20 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 41% Viognier, 40% Grenache Blanc, and 19% Roussanne ABV: 13.1% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting from the glass with pure honeysuckle and overtones of light citrus blossom, this Rhone style blend coats the entire palate with fresh honey, juicy pineapple, hints of pear and citrus blossom. It finishes with the same honeysuckle …

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Quick Pour: Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Fresh lemon meringue, touch of honey, lush, white tropical fruit, and flaky pastry aromas lead to a smooth, honey-coated palate with plenty of weight. Fresh, floral nuances compliment and balance the fruit-forward notes of apricot, golden apple, and pineapple with spice undertones that taper into honey-dipped hints of brioche and angel food cake from mid to back palate. The finish is extremely smooth, pleasing, and spiced up with notes of lemon zest that seem to linger on and on. Excellent balance – a little hot, but not overly acidic with a plethora to look forward to with each sip. Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% …

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Beer Review: Narragansett Brewery Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

Producer: Narragansett Brewing Company; Providence, Rhode Island/Rochester, NY Beer Name: Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout Price Range: $9.99 (16 ounce Six-Pack) Style: Coffee Milk Stout ABV: 5.3% Appearance: Black in color and opaque; thick caramel head on pour and good lacing on glass Aroma: Roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate Notes: This beer pours with a thick light-caramel colored head that quickly reduces down as the beer sits, but it coats the inside of the glass. The aroma has just a hint of coffee to me, but the taste is of dark roasted coffee with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness that lingers at the back of your throat. I’m not normally a big fan of milk stouts and I am generally pretty picky about coffee beers, but this one is pretty good. It really captures the coffee essence well and goes all out with a dark coffee flavor that …

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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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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars Cabernet Franc Reserve 2010

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia Price: $36.50 Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 90% Cabernet Franc; 10% Merlot Winemaker Notes: Intense purity and volume of fruit. Loads of fruit on the nose with an abundance of varietal character. Rich, round, and extracted on the palate with a slight sweetness of fruit. Decant first. Virginia Pour House Notes:  A plethora of dark ripe fruit with a hint of oak and spice mingle on the nose with round and concentrated flavors on the palate of smooth dark fruit (black cherry and plum) and assorted berry notes. A faint touch of sweetness jazz up the back of the palate while spice and supple tannins provide  a deep warm lengthy finish leaving behind layer after layer of ripe dark fruits. An excellent drink now wine, that may stand strong for a couple more years. Virginia Pour House Rating 90 Points

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Quick Pour: Sunset Hills Viognier; A Verticle Tasting of 2010 & 2011

As my collection at home grows, a bit too quickly I may add, so does my spread of vintages for specific favorite wines/wineries of mine. One of which recently, I decided to break open, was Sunset Hills Viognier from the 2010 and 2011 vintages. To be honest, these two vintages couldn’t be more different. Both have a small percentage of Petit Manseng blended (around 4%) that give both vintages a heavier body, structure, and balanced acidity. So how different are these two? And which of the two showed better? 2010 Sunset Hills Viognier ($N/A) – Golden straw yellow color; Notes of oak, wafting floral notes, dried apricot, and light lemon aromas lead into more dominant flavors of dried apricot and lemon across the palate. I was surprised at the heavier than normal mouth-feel, (which can be attributed to the Petit Manseng, I’m sure) that’s almost creamy in structure that offered …

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