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The Tasting Panel 2012 Tour of Double Golds; Washington, DC

For those of you who haven’t heard, this past year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition yielded a few winners from Virginia wineries and vineyards. The greatest accolade to be received in this competition is the Double Gold Medal. In the 2012 competition, Virginia’s own, Ingleside Vineyards, took home a Double Gold honor for their 2007 Petit Verdot. Please see the footer of this post for a listing of other Virginia wineries to receive awards.  Congratulations to Ingleside on their tremendous accomplishment. Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to Tasting Panel Magazine’s Tour of Double Golds event at the Poste Moderne Brasserie. The event consisted of most, if not all, of the Double Gold winners in the wine categories as well as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold winners. A fantastic cheese and characuterie spread was available to all attendees as well as a wine …

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Paradise Springs Winery; What a difference a year or two makes

A couple weeks back my good friend, Chris, was in town with his girlfriend. When trying to decide what we were going to do that Friday afternoon, of course the first thing that came to my mind was visit a winery. I wanted to stay relatively close to my place in Fairfax, and the closest winery that came to mind was Paradise Springs, in Clifton. Yes, folks, Fairfax County has a winery, and a GORGEOUS one at that. After my first visit to Paradise Springs, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Granted, the property was gorgeous; however, I wasn’t overly impressed with the wines I tasted during their grand opening. Almost two years later, it was time to give Paradise Springs another go.   For those of you who haven’t actually been to the winery, allow me to give you a visual. The property sits on a 36 …

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Upstate New York; A tour through the Finger Lakes Region

As many of you may notice, I do primarily focus on Virginia but do visit other wine making areas of the country. I have also over the past year or two met and become friends with many other oenophiles and/or influenced friends of mine to become one.  A good friend of mine from work went on a vineyard tour in Upstate New York this past Memorial Day weekend, and wanted to share her experiences in the Finger Lakes Region with all of my readers. Obviously, I was delighted to have the opportunity to diversify the blog a little bit and to read about her experiences in another region of the country that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. With that being said, I bring to you a guest feature from my friend known as “Jeannie”. Finger Lakes = Fantastic! My daughter is a college student in Upstate New …

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Morais Vineyards & Winery Red Select; #WW Wine Wednesday

This amazing blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits subtle fruit backed by a toasty oak and spice laced nose. Bountiful blackberry flavors jump out of the glass with a good acidity and smooth floral undertone that is accented by a light spice. The Red Select finishes off with soft tannins and carries forth smooth earthy undertones. This is a great wine to enjoy with just about any dish. This evening I paired it with roasted chicken, grilled asparagus, and sweet potato wedges. The truth is for just under $20 you’re missing out if you don’t grab a bottle of the Red Select. Be on the lookout for the upcoming review on Morais Vineyards & Winery coming next week. Overall Rating: 89 Points  

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Rogers Ford Farm Winery; Respite from the everyday hustle

Along the southern portion of the Northern Virginia region, a little out of the way, but well worth the trek is Rogers Ford Farm Winery. The tasting room, from what I’ve heard, was an old B&B converted to tasting room which was located right at the foot of the vineyard. Pulling up to the tasting room and parking across the dirt road, I got that feeling that I used to feel when I would head to a cousins cookout for their birthday back home. Aside from seeing the vineyards across the dirt road, you almost feel like you’re invading someone’s property. As you walk up, there is a nice quiet and shaded deck that leads you through the screen porch door to the tasting room. As you enter the tasting room, you’re greeted by a smiling face, some tables to the left side of the room, and the tasting bar …

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Otium Cellars; Where else can you find Dornfelder? Seriously?

Last weekend, I decided that after leaving my sunglasses at Magnolia’s in Purcellville after a visit to Above Ground Winery, I should probably go retreive them. Secretely, I just really wanted a nice brunch, and to put myself in position to stop by Otium Cellars. After hearing from Kurt @ WineAboutVA that they were open for a soft opening until the official opening in mid-May, I knew I had to get there before they were official, to give all of my readers a heads up if the winery was as good as what I have had in the past. A lot of their wines were available at 8 Chains North over the past year or two, so I had the opportunity of a preview tasting. Now I get a chance at the full fleet of available wines and I couldn’t be more exciting. If you haven’t been to Magnolia’s at …

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