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Quick Pour: Turkey Day Rieslings

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Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Chenin Blanc / Riesling 2012

Cameron Hughes Chenin Blanc / Riesling 2012
Producer: Cameron Hughes
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $15
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: Riesling 70%, Chenin Blanc 30%
ABV: 13.5%

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Scribe Winery: Gorgeous views, great history, and a one-on-one experience! (AmericanWineryGuide)

Last month, we were fortunate enough to hop around wineries in Napa, Sonoma, and Paso Robles. Of the nearly 20-something wineries we visited, a bunch we decided to contribute reviews for AmericanWineryGuide.com. Here is one of our most unique, that just so happens to have ties to one of the best wineries in Virginia, Rappahannock Cellars. Please enjoy! HISTORY “When most visitors arrive at a winery, the last thing they really focus on is the history of the land… unless they are visiting Scribe Winery. Most wineries also have tasting rooms where large groups flock around a small bar, jam through the doorways, litter the grounds with blankets, or stand outside until there is room for them to enter. Scribe has none of any of this; in fact, you are required to make an appointment to visit, and a fee of $25 is required. Scribe provides visitors with a truly …

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Quick Pour: Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: Red Newt Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Seneca Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $15 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (10.3% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lemon zest backed by light red apple  and tropical notes lead to a crisp, yet semi-sweet palate filled with ripe tart apple and plenty of depth in the department of tropical fruit.  This Riesling is balanced and smooth adding more citrus and mineral nuances towards the back palate, while finishes up slightly tart, yet refreshing overall. Producer: Red Newt Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Seneca Lake AVA, New York, United States Price: $15 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (10.3% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lemon zest backed by light red apple  and tropical notes lead to a crisp, yet semi-sweet palate filled with ripe tart apple and plenty of depth in the department of tropical fruit.  This Riesling is balanced and smooth adding more citrus and mineral nuances towards the …

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Quick Pour: Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lots of minerality and fruit-forward citrus jump-start the senses, while the palate is balanced with an almost creamy texture and setup by juicy stone fruit. Balanced by bright acidity and heavy mineral character, the finish is crisp and clean adding in additional notes of honeysuckle that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. This would be a great wine to pair with pecan-crusted walleye or flaky white fish with a sweet demi-glace. Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $14.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (12% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Lots of minerality and fruit-forward citrus jump-start the senses, while the palate is balanced with an almost creamy texture and setup by juicy stone fruit. Balanced …

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Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling 2012

Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Producer: McGregor Vineyard Region: Finger Lakes AVA, Keuka Lake, New York, United States Price: $17.99 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: Riesling; (11% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Honeysuckle and citrus fruit power through on the nose while bright, crisp acidity clashes with juicy tropical fruit, citrus, and some kiwi. The tail end finishes zesty, but is balanced by a kiss of sweetness and a hint of minerality. Pair with Mexican food, fish tacos, or by itself. Quick Pour: McGregor Vineyard Semi-Dry Riesling …

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Jefferson Vineyards; A Monticello Dream Come True

Jefferson Vineyards was first planted on land brokered by Thomas Jefferson to Florentine Viticulturist Filipo Mazzei with the hopes of Filipo’s assistance to help progress Jefferson’s dream of native grown wine grape in 1774. Following the Revolutionary War, no vines were seen on the property until 1981 when Jefferson’s dream became a reality. Now with 30 years of experience and a yearly production of roughly 6,000 to 8,000 cases, this modest farm winery produces around 9 varieties supplied by close to 23 acres of vines in the Monticello area of Central Virginia. This quaint property leads you to their tasting room by the paved road leading to the gravel drive and displays some of their oldest plantings to the right of the dirt entrance. Straight ahead, there is a large barn that holds their production facility and events room. After we exited the vehicle, we snapped a quick picture by …

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Quick Pour: Shenandoah Vineyards Johannisberg Riesling 2011

Producer: Shenandoah Vineyards Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Riesling Winemaker Notes: “Lots of stone fruit and light sweetness balanced by a crisp finish make this a very refreshing wine.“ Virginia Pour House Notes:  Notes of ripe Asian pear and floral qualities present themselves on the nose, while vibrant juicy flavors of white stone fruit and crisp granny smith apple explodes on the palate. A touch of sweetness highlights the finish while still maintaining some crisp and refreshing qualities.     Producer: Shenandoah Vineyards Region: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Riesling Winemaker Notes: "Lots of stone fruit and light sweetness balanced by a crisp finish make this a very refreshing wine." Virginia Pour House Notes:  Notes of ripe Asian pear and floral qualities present themselves on the nose, while vibrant juicy flavors of white stone fruit and crisp granny smith apple explodes …

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars; My First Finger Lakes Visit

A few months back, a mid-winter celebration with some of my girlfriend’s family in Rochester, New York brought me a golden opportunity to visit the Finger Lakes Region of the country. After speaking to a few other writers and suggestions of other wine enthusiasts, I was without a doubt that Dr. Frank would be the number one visit of the trip.   This man wasn’t just a pioneer for wine in New York, but also for wine in the Northeast and the United States as a whole. Dr. Frank was a professor of plant sciences with his Ph.D. specifically in viticulture. After arriving in this country in 1951, Dr. Frank moved upstate from New York City to take a position at Cornell University’s Geneva Experiment Station. Since then, his years of research paid off as Dr. Frank was the first individual to successfully grow European Vinifera grape in the Northeastern …

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Ox-Eye Vineyards; A Taste of Shenandoah in Downtown Staunton

My newest posting for AmericanWineryGuide, Ox-Eye Vineyards, has been posted. Below I have included additional tasting notes for my readers, with a link directly to the review as well. Enjoy! “While glancing at the Virginia Winery Guide map during our trip around the Shenandoah Valley, I noticed Ox-Eye Vineyards nearby; but we also noticed it is located in the center of downtown Staunton. Curious, I pulled up the Ox-Eye Vineyard’s website to find out just what this winery is all about.” Read Entire Article Here Full Tasting Notes: Chardonnay 2010 ($19): aromas of pear and citrus that dissipates to strictly citrus adding subtle notes of apple mid palate while finishing crisp and clean Gewurztraminer/Traminette 2011 ($22): spicy lychee notes on the nose with big floral (rose) and spice smoothing out over the palate to the clean finish Riesling 2011 ($18): “Citrus aromas mesh with bright acidity, adding a touch of …

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