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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Syrah Selections

Bedrock Wine Company North Coast Syrah 2012 (Sonoma Coast, California, USA)
Hart Family Syrah Temecula Valley 2012 (Temecula Valley, California, USA)
Domaine des Sources Vin de Pays du Gard Vieilles Vignes Syrah 2000 (Languedoc, Vin de Pays du Gard, France)
Bedrock Wine Co. Syrah T 'n' S Hudson Vineyard South 2012 (Carneros, California, USA)
Cameron Hughes Lot 408 Syrah 2012 (Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA)

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Quick Pour: Stags’ Leap Petite Sirah 2010

Producer: Stags’ Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while displaying a fine warming tannin structure, while displaying a chewy, long lasting finish.       Producer: Stags' Leap Winery Region: Napa Valley, California Price: $45 (Retail) / $32 (Purchased Locally) Vintage: 2010 Varietals: 100% Petite Sirah Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Petite Sirah is supple and expressive, filled with copious amounts of jammy blackberry, blueberry, and wild berries balanced by a touch of clove and spice on the nose. Velvety smooth flavors of concentrated blackberry with a touch of raspberry and spice, while …

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Quick Pour: Ingleside Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007

Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck, George Washington AVA, Virginia Price: $24.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon boasts wafting aromas of spice box, currant, and well-integrated oak. The palate is smooth and round and bear delicate tannins that intensify mid-palate adding a punch of black cherry enveloped in spice with cocoa undertones on the dry, lingering finish. A real big statement in terms of Cabernet Sauvignon from Virginia, as the state really continues to prove to be a standout in the industry.   Producer: Ingleside Vineyards Region: Northern Neck, George Washington AVA, Virginia Price: $24.95 Vintage: 2007 Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Virginia Pour House Notes:  This Virginia Cabernet Sauvignon boasts wafting aromas of spice box, currant, and well-integrated oak. The palate is smooth and round and bear delicate tannins that intensify mid-palate adding a punch of black cherry enveloped in spice with cocoa …

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Morais Vineyards & Winery; Paradise with Portuguese Charm in Bealeton

After my first visit a few months back to Morais Vineyards, I was impressed by the beauty of the grounds, the impeccable hospitality, the friendliness of the staff, and the promise in the wine. After taking a tour through the facility, from the grand ballroom, to the cellar containing the crush beds and the wine cellar, to the patio, and tasting room, I couldn’t be more impressed. The main building resembles that of a mansion in Sicily, with circle driveway in front, gorgeous water fountain, and the vineyards at the edge of the tasting room. As you come up the driveway, greeting you is the Morais decorated 1950’s Ford Truck with wine barrels stacked in the back. On the right is a small chapel surrounded on all sides by Vineyard. This vineyard is gorgeous! As I set foot in the tasting room, my two favorite tasting room people, Noreen and …

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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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Sunset Hills Vineyards; “Wine is sunlight, held together by water.”

The title…yea another Bottle Shock quote, hold your sarcastic comments on the tip of your tongue please! As for the topic of discussion we have tucked away in the hills of Purcellville, operating solely from solar power, is Sunset Hills Vineyards. The winery is an old farm with a newly restored barn utilizing all original pieces from the original barn from the 1870s, and precisely restored by an Amish team of workers a few years back. As you pull up the gravel road, you’re greeted by a small cottage to the right overlooking the man-made pond, with the vineyard fields to your left and right, and eventually pulling into the parking lot. As you park you will notice the trail up to the main barn, to your left a small storage shed with covered stone pavilion in its shadows, that holds outdoor tastings and entertainment through the summer months, and …

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Vault Field Vineyards; Smalltime Swagger of the Eastern Shore

After watching Bottle Shock for the 100th time this past week, I recall back to the scene where Steven Spurrier breaks down on the side of a dusty road lined with vines on either side, and think to myself “This is Virginia’s rendition of ‘THAT’ road”. Leaving General’s Ridge and trying to knock out a couple other tastings, I came across Vault Field Vineyards, which brings that small town farm charm to Kinsale, Virginia. As I passed the various signs labeling each road with its respective varietal displayed proudly, I spot the owner cutting the grass in between the grape vines and can’t help but smile. Rarely do you see too many vineyard owners doing it themselves, but this was one of those places. As we pulled up to the tasting room, which is a small carving of the wine making and production facility, we patiently wait for the seated …

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General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery; Some more Chesapeake in your glass

What a day Sunday was! After a long enjoyable trip to Ingleside, I decided since I was in the Chesapeake Region and had such a great experience with my last vineyard, why not see what the other local wineries are offering. First one, was General’s Ridge Vineyard and Winery, located just minutes up the road from Ingleside in Hauge, Virginia. The overall look of the property exhibited Midwestern farm characteristics with a touch of the south. The historic manor home located at the front end of the property (and available for rental), displays the rich farm history of the property with the gorgeous windmill directly in back of the home, welcoming you to the vineyard as you make your way up the gravel road to the tasting room. Along the road there is countless acres of grape growing on the property on either side. As you approach the tasting room, …

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Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin saves man from an inexcusable evening of bad TV

For the second evening in a row, I tossed on the television expecting to be roped into a hockey or NCAA basketball game, much like the previous night. Instead I was presented with a plethora of atrocities that are as-bad or worse than Mash or Little House on the Prairie reruns. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed, so I decided to go the Netflix route and pair it with a bottle of Zephaniah 2010 Chambourcin that I picked up from the vineyard this past weekend. Indeep sang that “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” and I’m going to say this night the Chambourcin saved it…from the peril of boredom and my craving for a sweet but not quite white wine evening. Press play, check. Uncorked the bottle, check. Soft couch, check. The wine..excellent. After taking a whiff from the edge of the glass, I detect a very fruit forward …

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