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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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TasteCamp 2012: Day One…

First and foremost, I would like to thank Frank Morgan (@DrinkWhatULike) and Lenn Thompson (@lennthompson) for putting together a weekend packed with some pretty incredible wine, vineyard tours, lunches and dinners, great writers/bloggers, transportation, and experiences that I’m sure pushed all participants palates to the limit! I would also like to thank Tarara, Jordan Harris, Ankida Ridge, Annefield, Barboursville, Boxwood Winery, Blenheim, Gadino Cellars, Glass House, Hume, Notaviva, Paradise Spring, Pearmund, Rappahannock Cellars, White Hall, Breaux Vineyards, Jenn Breaux, Corcoran, Delaplane, General’s Ridge, Horton, Loudoun Valley, Narmada, Philip Carter, Stinson, Zephaniah, Fabbioli Cellars, Doug Fabbioli,  8 Chains North, Otium Cellars, North Gate, Linden, Jim Law, Visit Loudoun dot com, VirginiaWine.org, Smokin’ Willy, and Ben Renshaw. WHEW. Pause. Okay. Now that my thanks are out of the way, I would like to take the time to curse the WMATA for holding me up just enough to allow me to miss the …

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Ingleside Plantation Vineyards; Where history and damn good wines collide

After communicating with Ingleside over twitter for sometime, I was finally able to set aside some time to make the trip down to the Eastern part of Virginia, and the Chesapeake Bay Region. The Chesapeake Bay region is home to around 10 or so wineries and vineyards, all within a 20-30 minute proximity, for the most part that is. Now talking to a lot of people within the Virginia wine scene, I was baffled that so few people have actually ventured to these parts of Virginia, so my goal was to explore it, report back to all of you about it, and promote my findings (as long as they are good findings). The trip down Route 3 wasn’t that bad, very scenic, with plenty of farm land and agricultural scenery along the way. As you approach Ingleside, the first thing to catch your eye is the field upon field of …

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#WW Selection: Chester Gap 2010 Petit Manseng

This past weekend, after finally getting around to visiting Glen Manor Vineyards, I decided to take a swing by Chester Gap Cellars. My original intention was to stop by and grab a bottle of the 2009 Reserve Viognier, but to my disappointment they were completely out. So that being said, I decided to give in for a tasting; Can’t go wrong when the tasting fee is waved for purchasing a bottle and we all know how much I enjoy Chester Gap’s offerings. Regardless, the bottle I ended up picking up was the 2010 Petit Manseng. Higher in residual sugar than I drink regularly, I was still very much pleased with the overall quality of the wine. Being Wine Wednesday, I try to rotate a red and a white, off setting week to week. Tonight I was in the mood for some spicy Mexican food, and after defrosting some beef, there …

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