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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: Hart Family Winery Limited Release Arneis 2014

Producer: Hart Family Winery
Region: Temecula Valley, California, USA
Price: $26
Vintage: 2014
Varietals: 100% Arneis
ABV: 13.6%

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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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Quick Pour: Rosemont Vineyards Rosé 2014

Producer: Rosemont of Virginia Winery
Region: Southern Virginia, Virginia, USA
Price: $17.95
Vintage: 2014
Varietals: Chambourcin
ABV: 13%

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Quick Pour: Sans Liege (Groundworks) Sauvignon Gris 2013

Producer: Sans Liege & Groundworks Wines
Region: Paso Robles, California, USA
Price: $22
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: Sauvignon Gris
ABV: 13.6%

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Quick Pour: Dusted Valley Boomtown Syrah 2012

Producer: Dusted Valley Winery
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $19
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 2% Malbec
ABV: 14.1%

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Quick Pour: Lakewood Vineyards 25 Anniversary Blanc de Noir 2011

Producer: Lakewood Vineyards & Winery
Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States
Price: $30
Vintage: 2011
Varietals: Pinot Noir
ABV: 12%

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Quick Pour: Glenora Wine Cellars Pinot Blanc 2013

Producer: Glenora Wine Cellars
Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA
Price: $14.99
Vintage: 2013
Varietals: Pinot Blanc
ABV: 12%

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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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Valley of the Moon Winery; A revitalized Sonoma hot spot (AmericanWineryGuide)

Last year, the wife and I made our rounds throughout Sonoma and Napa. The week leading up to our trip, we met at a local wine store in Northern Virginia, Dan Zepponi who is the Proprietor of Valley of the Moon. Dan and I had a conversation about the new life that he plans on breathing into Valley of the Moon, so we had to make it a point to visit while in the valley. I put together a piece late last year on AmericanWineryGuide covering our trip to the winery. Enjoy! The STORY “We decided to venture out to Valley of the Moon after visiting Ram’s Gate and Buena Vista. Historically speaking, Valley of the Moon has winemaking roots that stem from the mid-1800s (1863 to be exact) when George Whitman planted the initial 60 acres of vines and began producing close to 50,000 gallons of wine and 2,000 …

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