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Dog and Oyster Vineyards; Revisiting a Southern Beach Escape

My first visit to Dog and Oyster was about 3 years ago when the property first began welcoming visitors in their beach cottage style tasting room. For years before the tasting room, the property itself attracted visitors to the 6 room and 10 cottage Hope and Glory Inn. With the Inn’s addition of 6 acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid vines (Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Merlot, and Charmbourcin), the Dog and Oyster Vineyard began to take shape. Originally prevented, due to local regulations, from posting a large sign for visitors to come across in their travels through the town of Irvington, they installed two giant corkscrews as artistic pieces that would attract visitors. These pieces stand nearly 25-30 feet high on either side of the gravel driveway leading you through the vineyard site to the tasting room. As you pull into the road and veer to the right into the tasting room …

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Quick Pour: Rosemont Vineyards Virginia White NV

Producer: Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia, USA
Price: $13.95
Vintage: Non-Vintage
Varietals: 74% Vidal Blanc, 20% Traminette and 6% Chardonel
ABV: 13%

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Saude Creek Vineyards; The new youngsters of the South (AmericanWineryGuide)

The STORY “The privately-owned vineyard bears about 22 acres on property and includes Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. The seven nearby off-site acres contain Merlot and Chardonel. As you pull into the property through the front gates, you follow the vineyard-lined roadway towards the enormous, dark wood-sided tasting and production facility. To the left is a covered production area with crush pad, and to the right is a gorgeous wrap-around covered patio that stretches all the way around the tasting room. The patio is lined with wooden Adirondack chairs and side tables. As you glance out into the vineyards, there are countless acres of vines – many newly planted and enclosed in greenhouses. Peering off of the back patio, the steep hillside is lined with countless additional acres and, to the right side, a fire pit with more Adirondacks surrounded the pit. The site is stunning.” (Read More) …

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The Hague Winery; Closure to a great day in the Northern Neck

After a great afternoon at Ingleside Plantation Winery, I decided that, while I was in the area, why not try a couple of other wineries as well? The Hague Winery, formerly known as Buena Vista farm, in the Northern Neck, is set back a few hundred yards off of Cople Highway. Since 2000, it has been transformed from a 1700s era farm to the beautiful, countryside winery and tasting room it is today. Renowned Virginia winemaker, Michael Shaps, contributes his efforts in the production of their wine.     Walking into the side door of the tasting room, to the right you’ll notice a little shop filled with wine accessories, art, decorations, and your typical winery crafts. Peering out of the windows to the right are four or five tables, assembled in a line, with a spectacular view of the vineyard. To your left, a long, refinished tasting bar with …

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