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Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, their winery is a must visit when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. All of their wines are crafted from Estate grown grapes that are grown on 23 acres of …

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Cellar Selection: Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Cellar Selection: Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Cellar Selection: Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 2015-11-15 Virginia Pour House Virginia Pour House Rating Score - 90 90 90 Points User Rating: Be the first one !

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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: Labor Day Rosé Selections

Chateau Lafayette Reneau Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA)
Groundworks (Sans Liege) Grenache Rose 2013 (Paso Robles AVA, California, USA)
Boxwood Winery Rose 2013 (Middleburg AVA, Virginia, USA)
Jacuzzi Vineyards Rosato di Sangiovese 2013 (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)
Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rose 2013 (Washington Birthplace AVA, Virginia, USA)
Ingleside Vineyards Rosato di Sangiovese 2014 (Washington Birthplace AVA, Virginia, USA)
Scribe Winery Pinot Noir Rose 2014 (Sonoma County, California, USA)

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Revisiting Ingleside Vineyards; A Stay at the Ingleside Rental Property & Oysterfest

A couple of weekends ago, Jaymie and I headed out to the Northern Neck and  Ingleside Vineyards to enjoy their Oyster Crawl event and to stay at one of the Ingleside Plantation properties, specifically the Pointe. We arrived at Ingleside just after noon and quickly headed inside the tasting room, just past the Denson and Sewansecott oyster folks and crowds of people enjoying the warm, inviting courtyard. As we entered in, we recognized the familiar smiling faces and immediately got the ball rolling on a tasting. We started off our tasting with the 2012 Albarino ($19.95), which boasted some apricot and lemongrass aromas to prime your palate for what is about to come. Bright acidity lays out the framework of apricot and citrus notes that  explode on the palate with a light, zesty finish. Moving onto the next white, we get a try of the 2012 Chardonnay ($15.96). It offers …

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Father’s Day Weekend Event Announcement: Dancing Under the Stars at Ingleside Vineyards

When: Saturday, June 15th from 7pm – 10pm Where: Ingleside Vineyards *** Father’s Day Special: Save $5 per ticket when you buy 4 or more! Mention this promotion when calling. Advance tickets only, please reserve by 4pm on Friday.*** Join us for an evening of Dancing Under the Stars to benefit the Rappahannock POPS Orchestra! Enjoy big band music and wine tasting in our European courtyard. An evening of fun for a great cause! Admission includes music, a tasting of our award-winning wines, winery tour, and a souvenir glass. Optional dinner available by advance reservation or bring your own picnic. Reservations are strongly recommended for music and required for dinner. Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door (music only). Dinner: $15 (advance reservations only). It’s also Father’s Day Weekend so whether you come for Father’s Day, music, dancing, wine, food, or just the atmosphere, all are guaranteed to have …

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Ingleside Vineyards; A Post-Turkey Day Visit

It’s kind of sad to say that prior to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it had been since springtime since I last visited Ingleside Vineyards.  Since then, several new varieties and vintages have been bottled and a few great events have been missed.  With that being said, I thought what better time to visit than in the midst of the holidays. After speaking to Chris Flemer, my girlfriend, her mother, and I hit the road on our way to Oak Grove. Chris was there to welcome us and was kind enough to give the grand tour to the ladies, followed by a nice tasting in the Barrel Room. Amazing how in a matter of months, Ingleside had released 9 new wines. A few of these new releases are heavy hitters. So what has been added, and how good is the new vintage for many of these varieties? Lets get to it! …

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General’s Ridge GRV White (NV)

Producer: General’s Ridge GRV White Price: $11.95 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: A blend of Traminette and Chardonel.  Traminette is the dominant grape to be noted.  Very floral with just a little sweetness.  A wonderful picnic wine or to be paired with spicy foods like Indian or Thai.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: toasty oak and citrus Flavors: a touch of apple and light floral notes Finish: bright fruit with floral notes Additional Notes: This light, white blend of Traminette and Chardonel is filled with floral characteristics and bright fruit throughout. Its balanced acidity and crisp, floral finish offers an ever so slight touch of sweetness that is the perfect match for any spicy dish or even just a hot summer day.  VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING: 86 POINTS

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Belle Mount Vineyards Chardonnay (NV)

Producer: Belle Mount Vineyards Price: $14 Vintage: NV Winemaker Notes: Our Chardonnay is the classic white to serve with light flavored meals such as fish, chicken or crab. The pear, citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle in an intricate balance. Perfect with food or to enjoy all by itself. 750ml  12.5% alc. by vol. Serve chilled.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: a teasing light oak with a more prominent citrus fruit Flavors: butterscotch, citrus, with floral undertones Finish: oddly crisp and refreshing yet falls a little short on length Additional Notes: Out of all of the Belle Mount Vineyard offerings, this particular wine jumped out as noteworthy more than any of the others. The typical Chardonnay characteristics teasing the senses in the form of butterscotch and light citrus notes, yet finishing crisp and clean.  My one complaint is the length of the finish, that is not nearly as lengthy …

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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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