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Out of Town: A Day Exploring Temecula’s Wine Country

Last year, I finally took advantage of the opportunity to visit Temecula’s Wine Country. With iPods loaded with crazy throwback tunes, playlists roaring and near perfect weather, my friends and I hit the open road on our way through the hills to Temecula. What was I expecting upon arriving? To be honest, I had no idea. I had been to Stone Brewing Company the previous year so the scenery I was looking for was similar to that. Desert hillsides lined with sparse greenery, palm trees and a lot of rocky soil. As we approached the "Welcome to Temecula" sign, we drove past gorgeous housing communities and neighborhoods, which had me scratching my head. Okay... so, where is wine country? [...]

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Quick Pour: Chateau Vartely Sauvignon Blanc 2014 (Moldova)

This unique find is pale green in color and exhibits fresh and lively character enhanced by green apple and citrus juice notes. It shows off subtle tropical notes that flaunts its elegant structure in an Old World style with a crisp and slight tart, yet clean, finish. It's incredibly refreshing and one of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs to date [...]

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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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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 4): Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Producer: Shaw Vineyard & Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc ABV: 13% Virginia Pour House Notes: Notes of citrus and grass lead the nose with bright acidity shining on the palate adding nuances of honeysuckle up front followed closely by crisp, white peach and hints of lemongrass. A creamy palate texture and a smooth finish with just a touch of zest towards the back palate concludes New York State white gem. We originally opened this bottle in the Spring, but it had held up very well and still had bold acidity. This would be perfect for a traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes.   Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Producer: Shaw Vineyard & Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon …

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Quick Pour: 2011 Dr. Konstantin Frank Sauvignon Blanc

Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Region: Finger Lakes, NY Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Notes: The Dr. Frank Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful citrus nose with orange zest and grassy notes. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Tropical notes with some light citrus and grassy qualities waft upward presenting some unique qualities blended with typical Sauvignon Blanc characteristics. The palate is coated with a smooth creamy texture  with more tropical notes, while adding nuances of zesty citrus undertones, giving way to a crisp and clean citrus lined finish with just a kick of spice for good measure. Excellent wine! Producer: Dr. Konstantin Frank Region: Finger Lakes, NY Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Notes: The Dr. Frank Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful citrus nose with orange zest and grassy notes. Virginia Pour House Notes:  Tropical notes with some light citrus and grassy qualities waft upward presenting …

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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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Catoctin Creek Winery; Passion Makes Perfect

When referencing either whiskey or wine, if you live in Northern Virginia, you probably have heard the name Catoctin Creek. I’m sure plenty of other people have confused the two as being made by the same company or entity. What most do not realize is they are not. Catoctin Creek is own and operated by a one man army named Jim Hanna. In 2004, after retiring from a well-known organization in downtown Washington, DC, Jim moved from Bethesda to a small development tucked away in the town of Purcellville. Jim decided to follow his passion for both photography and wine. With the help of some local wine experts by the names of Doug Fabbioli (owner and Winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars) and Dave Collins (oormer Winemaker at Breaux Vineyards), Jim began learning and producing some of the most appealing boutique wines I have had in Northern Virginia. He has been making …

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Newport Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Producer: Newport Vineyards Price: $16.99 Vintage: 2011 Winemaker Notes: Dry, with hints of passionfruit and gooseberries, with a crisp, palate-cleansing finish. Sancerre style. Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: light citrus notes commanded by grapefruit Flavors: grapefruit dominated flavors with a touch of lime and tropical fruit Finish: tapering citrus flavors with a touch of mineral and pineapple undertones Additional Notes: After having my palate taxed with a tremendously large tasting sheet, I clearly could not comprehend what I was actually tasting AT the winery. When I unscrewed the top of this at home I was hit with citrus from start to finish. This light bodied Sauvignon Blanc had an almost effervescent mouth feel, that carried the a medium length crisp and refreshing finish. This wine is very different from most typical Sauvignon Blancs as it is produced in a Sancerre style (naturally high acidity and the potential to exhibit the minerally, …

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TasteCamp Day Two; The trip through flavor country

Day one of the TasteCamp event proved to be nothing short of spectacular, and a bit overwhelming. Sounds rough I can imagine you saying yourself. After so many wines, your palate goes numb and all ability to decipher between two reds or whites goes right out the window! That being said, I was eager to see what day two would have in store for us. There we were, rolling up the long driveway into the parking lot of Fabbioli Cellars, and who better to greet us but Doug Fabbioli? Doug started his tour by explaining the many challenges that most of the other wineries had been faced with this year, frost risk and the early heat. The early heat has led the way to a 2-3 week early start to the bud break and growing season. The early bud break extends the season, which increases the chance of insect or …

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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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