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Great Frogs Winery; Maryland Wine, NOT from concentrate

Maryland wine. Say it.. "Maryland wine." Most people shudder or follow up with “oh, hell no”. I was one of those people to be quite honest. The only wine I had encountered from Maryland was produced concentrate or grapes from outside of the state or had enough sugar to make a diabetic quiver. After long overdue plans had finally solidified with our good friends Katey and Dan, they had made arrangements for a tour and tasting (appointment required) at Great Frogs Winery of Annapolis. We were very open to the experience as, quite frankly, we could have had a root beer tasting and had a good time.

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Quick Pour: Rosemont Vineyards Virginia White NV

Producer: Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia, USA
Price: $13.95
Vintage: Non-Vintage
Varietals: 74% Vidal Blanc, 20% Traminette and 6% Chardonel
ABV: 13%

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Two Twisted Posts; Nothing twisted about this operation in Loudoun County (AmericanWineryGuide)

After a recent win in the Governor’s Cup competition, there was a new spotlight focused on this new venture and required a visit to see what they were all about. What they provide visitors in terms of wine quality, atmosphere, and overall experience is something that few in Loudoun County have been able to match in a long time. Take a peak at what Two Twisted Posts Winery is all about in our latest contribution to AmericanWineryGuide. HISTORY “After purchasing property nestled in the valley along Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville in 2008, Brad and Theresa Robertson were looking for a way to provide a winery where people can get away from the city to truly relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy some wine. The couple had some orchard farming experience and decided to give growing wine grapes a try. They initially planted 3 acres of vines along their …

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Quick Pour: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards Traminette 2012

Producer: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards Region: Central Virginia, Virginia Price: $18 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Traminette ABV: 12.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: VERY aromatic! Jasmine, lilac, clover and lychee in the nose. Flavors of honey dew melon and honeysuckle with crisp, bright acidity bracketing the sweetness and an off dry finish of cedar and a touch of star anise. Extremely fresh, lingering and pleasant. Good for both red and white drinkers. A great start for this Virginia winery!   Producer: Ramulose Ridge Vineyards Region: Central Virginia, Virginia Price: $18 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Traminette ABV: 12.5% Virginia Pour House Notes: VERY aromatic! Jasmine, lilac, clover and lychee in the nose. Flavors of honey dew melon and honeysuckle with crisp, bright acidity bracketing the sweetness and an off dry finish of cedar and a touch of star anise. Extremely fresh, lingering and pleasant. Good for both red and white drinkers. A great …

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Wolf Gap Vineyard; What exactly is a Chamerlot?

Another stop on the Shenandoah Valley trail brought us to the neighborhood of Wolf Gap Winery. Wolf Gap is a raised ranch house located on a large 50-acre plot in a spread-out neighborhood. Willard and Diane Elledge founded Wolf Gap in 2004 after retiring from the DC Metro area and looking for land with peace, tranquility, and, of course, a place to grow wine grape. A very sweet and humble couple, they operate the tasting room on the second level of the house-like facility. After parking you make your way around the left side of the building, climb stairs to the deck, and enter in to what is basically a small office or foyer. Continuing on, you enter what is basically the kitchen of the house. To your left, there is a dinner table, and straight ahead is the tasting bar (which is the counter top of the island that …

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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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The Winery at Bluestone Vineyard; From Personal to Business

The end of 2012 brought a few wild weekend trips in Virginia Wine Country. We expanded our ventures beyond just our usual area of visitation.  The plan was to hit the southern part of the state as well as the Shenandoah Valley.  We tried to visit as many of the wineries as we could each day.   As I will be covering our travels through the Shenandoah Valley in the coming weeks, I decided to follow the write-up on Barren Ridge with a look at Bluestone Vineyard, the final stop on the Shenandoah Valley trip. With daylight dwindling and most of the wineries closing, we went to Bluestone to take part in their standard tasting. For $5 you are able to taste 7 whites and 4 reds.  For $7, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2011 Estate Grown Blue Ice wines are included. I had recently tasted the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon …

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Barren Ridge Vineyards; A Quaint Shenandoah Valley Trail Stop

For those of you that haven’t heard, I’ve accepted a writing position with American Winery Guide (www.americanwineryguide.com) covering the trails of Virginia, south of Culpepper. My first review was of Barren Ridge Vineyards in Shenandoah Valley. Below is an excerpt including a link to the full review. I will continue to post articles on the Virginia Pour House Site and alert my readers of new postings on American Winery Guide through the site as well. “The Place:  Located on a high ridge in the Shenandoah Valley, tucked between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, is Barren Ridge Vineyards. This Shenandoah gem, formerly an apple orchard, is maintained by an unusual semi-arid climate that steers rain clouds away from the ridge with the help of its proximity to the two mountains. Hot, dry days and a constant cool breeze at night help set the groundwork for near perfect grape growing conditions. …

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Rosemont Vineyards; An Up and Coming Star in Virginia Wine

After a weekend trip for a friend’s wedding in North Carolina, we decided to make a pit stop just over the border in Southern Virginia, to Rosemont Vineyards. Rosemont is located just a stone’s throw from Lake Gaston/Easton’s Ferry on the 450 acre Rosemont Estate, which has been in the Rose family since 1858. Many past generations farmed vegetables and dairy, as well as commodities such as tobacco, hay,  corn, peaches and cattle.  And now, ever since 2003, wine grape can be added to that list.  In 2003, 16,000 vines were planted with another 16,000 vines planted the following year; Around 22 acres of grape with a total consisting of about 16 different varietals. In 2006, construction of the winery, production facility, and tasting room began; and by September of 2007, Rosemont produced their first vintage. The winery building resembles an early American manor home.  Like we did, you would …

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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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