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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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Ankida Ridge Vineyards; The “Little Burgundy” of Virginia

The year 2014 brought plenty of opportunities to expand our knowledge and palate in wine. One such opportunity was our honeymoon to Burgundy, which gave us a greater appreciation for the region and the Burgundian style of wine. While Burgundy is a bit of a trip, there is an incredible opportunity to regularly experience  Burgundy right here in Virginia.  Subsequently, we have taken multiple visits to Ankida Ridge Vineyards to visit with the Vrooman Family and their “Little Burgundy” venture as consultant, Lucie Morton, likes to put – and we certainly agree. Since first appearing on the scene in 2010, the Vrooman family, a wine loving duo keen on Burgundian style wines, have made a giant footprint on the wine scene in the state of Virginia and the world, for that matter. Many may not be familiar due to the tough regulations and unfair quantity standards of the much publicized …

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Quick Pour: Dalton Winery Canaan White Blend 2012

Dalton Winery Canaan White Blend 2012
Producer: Dalton Winery
Region: Galilee, Israel
Price: $15
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and a little Muscat
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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Arterra Wines; Where Art and Terroir collide, beautifully (AmericanWineryGuide)

Recently, we ventured out to Delaplane, Virginia to check out the latest new winery that is generating quite a buzz. Arterra presented us with top-notch wine, a quaint and relaxing setting, and plenty of art. With that said, we bring you the latest installment from AmericanWineryGuide.com that was published today. Enjoy! The STORY “A gorgeous, red, metal sign greets visitors with the name Arterra Wines carved on the upper portion and Hawkmoth Art carved on the bottom portion. The winery, which was recently opened by owners Jason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray, combines Sandy’s art – it displays her artwork for sale under the Hawkmoth Art label – with the duo’s wines under the Arterra Wines label. Sandy began her venture as an art educator before deciding to give up the full-time education path to pursue her love of creating wine-inspired art under the Hawkmoth banner. Time constraints made it exceedingly …

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Quick Pour: Ram’s Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011

Ram’s Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011 Producer: Ram’s Gate Winery Region: Carneros AVA, California, United States Price: $36 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes:  Gorgeous, deep golden color with moderate aromatics of mellowed fruit, candied apple, asian pear and tropical fruit. Subtle floral and light buttery undertones lead to an extremely creamy palate with light, toasty oak, almond, vanilla and light, buttery notes. The back palate shows off nice toast qualities with fresh acidity and a toasted oak with a hint of spice on the finish. Excellent, medium-full bodied structure that is creamy, soft and very smooth. Not overly buttery with more toasty quality but enough of that creamy structure and mellowed fruit. This Chardonnay is drinking perfectly right now. Ram's Gate Carneros Chardonnay 2011 Producer: Ram's Gate Winery Region: Carneros AVA, California, United States Price: $36 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes:  Gorgeous, deep …

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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 1): Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012

Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012 Producer: Two Twisted Posts Winery Region: Loudoun County, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $33 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.8% Virginia Pour House Notes: Creamy vanilla and nutty aromas lead while the palate is caressed by the same smooth, rich and creamy qualities with added nuances of light spice, crisp apple and hints of citrus. The finish follows suit and lingers in a lengthy manner adding in a coating of nutty oak. A gorgeous balance that incorporates just enough oak to smooth out the structure and add that gentle creaminess without the overbearing buttery character. Highly recommended and has been awarded plenty of accolades, including a Governor’s Case Award.   Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012 Producer: Two Twisted Posts Winery Region: Loudoun County, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $33 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.8% Virginia Pour House Notes: Creamy vanilla and nutty aromas lead while the palate is …

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Rappahannock Cellars; A celebration of great wine, an a new addition (AmericanWineryGuide)

A couple of weeks ago, Rappahannock Cellars opened up their newest addition to the winery – their Barrel Room! During our visit we were also able to taste the super limited, club only 2013 Viognier, and let me tell you, it is a treat to be had! As a follow up to that experience, I think it was timed appropriately to share with you all, my readers, the last Rappahannock Cellars review that I contributed to AmericanWineryGuide. This review is very in-depth and provides insight on just how this powerhouse Virginia winery got its start. Be sure to check out photos from the mid-Summer opening of the new Barrel Room (hint hint: that is now booking events and weddings!), as well as some of my photos from past visits. Enjoy! The HISTORY “The Delmare family moved from California in the late 1990s with the hope of raising their family in …

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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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Lava Vine Winery; A couple of regular folks making excellent wine (AmericanWineryGuide)

To kill sometime in Napa before our next tasting appointment, we stumbled upon this hidden treasure of a winery right off of the Silverado Trail. Check out what we found within our latest post for AmericanWineryGuide.   HISTORY “In 2000, Joe Cabral purchased property containing a 4 acre vineyard in Franz Valley and began reworking the steeply sloped vineyard and produced his first port style wine. Four year later, after teaming up with a winemaker friend, Lava Vine was created. That same year, the two friends grafted the vineyard with Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2007, Joe and his wife Jill purchased a winery property on the Silverado Trail and opened the doors in 2008. The Knights Valley Estate vineyard they purchased has steep slopes, loose rocky soils, and tight row spacing; all of their vines have to be tended by hand. The vineyard is also organically farmed …

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