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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 3): Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386

Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet tobacco, spicebox and cherry – all supported by fine tannins and a ripe, black fruit-filled finish. The full mouthfeel, round structure and fruit driven palate makes for an excellent wine to pair or enjoy on its own.   Cameron Hughes Field Blend 2011 LOT 386 Producer: Cameron Hughes Lot 386 Field Blend 2011 Region: California, USA Price: $12 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: Zinfandel 64%, Syrah 20%, Petite Sirah 11%, Graciano 5% ABV: 14.2% Virginia Pour House Notes: Gorgeous notes of spiced blackfruit give way to a layered palate peeling back notes of ripe blackberry, sweet …

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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 1): Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012

Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012 Producer: Two Twisted Posts Winery Region: Loudoun County, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $33 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.8% Virginia Pour House Notes: Creamy vanilla and nutty aromas lead while the palate is caressed by the same smooth, rich and creamy qualities with added nuances of light spice, crisp apple and hints of citrus. The finish follows suit and lingers in a lengthy manner adding in a coating of nutty oak. A gorgeous balance that incorporates just enough oak to smooth out the structure and add that gentle creaminess without the overbearing buttery character. Highly recommended and has been awarded plenty of accolades, including a Governor’s Case Award.   Two Twisted Posts Chardonnay 2012 Producer: Two Twisted Posts Winery Region: Loudoun County, Northern Virginia, Virginia, USA Price: $33 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Chardonnay ABV: 13.8% Virginia Pour House Notes: Creamy vanilla and nutty aromas lead while the palate is …

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Beer Review: Ommegang Valar Morghulis

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When the hit HBO series Game of Thrones started gaining popularity, Ommegang partnered with the show’s creators to brew a series of beers with ties to the series. So far, the series has given us a great Belgian blonde ale in Iron Throne Blonde, a mediocre Belgian stout in Take the Black Stout, and an interesting red ale with some pepper spice in Fire and Blood. The latest entry in the series is derived from the High Valyrian phrase, Valar Morghulis, meaning “all men must die.” Time for a review! Ommegang Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Producer: Ommegang Brewery; Cooperstown, NY Beer Name: Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis Price Range: $12.99/750 ml Style: Abbey Dubbel ABV: 8% Appearance: Deep red, almost burgundy or chestnut, nice foamy caramel-colored head Aroma: Sweet, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, fruit Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a deep reddish brown color with a nice foamy caramel-colored head. …

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Beer Review: Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity

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Stone Brewing Company started an experimental line of beers in the last year called the “Stochasticity Project” (see Wikipedia for definition). It’s a way for them to experiment with different ingredients and make some off-the-wall beers, trying out some new ideas along the way. The series has already given us a gem in Grapefruit Slam and two other mediocre offerings in Varna Necropolis and Quadrotriticale. The latest offering is a beer called Hibiscusicity (say that three times fast). It’s a Belgian ale brewed with hibiscus flower and orange peel and clocks in at 7.4% ABV. Review ahead! Stone Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, CA Beer Name: Stochasticity Project: Hibiscusicity Price Range: $9.99/22 oz. Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Hazy pale pinkish orange, foamy white head Aroma: Belgian spice with hints of hibiscus and orange Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a hazy pale pink-orange with a …

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Beer Review: Green Flash Citra Session IPA

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Green Flash Citra Session IPA Producer: Green Flash Brewing Company; San Diego, CA Beer Name: Citra Session Price Range: $5.99/22 oz. Style: Session IPA ABV: 4.5% Appearance: Bright orange-yellow, mostly clear Aroma: Citrus – orange, lemon, mango Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a bright orange-yellow and is mostly clear with no head. The aroma is strong with citrus, namely orange and lemon with hints of mango. There is a lot of citrus in the taste, with lemon and orange notes standing out. The body is thin but that is to be expected with a session IPA. It has a good amount of carbonation and finishes dry. There is a lot of flavor in this beer for a session with less than 5% ABV. It is definitely one of the most flavorful that I have had and the bright citrusy Citra hops are front and center. It might not be enough to turn …

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The 2013 Finger Lakes Riesling Release Launch | Fox Run, Lamoreaux Landing, & Bellangelo; How do they fare?

Producer: Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Region: Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Red Oak Vineyard Riesling Price: $19.99 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Built on a backbone of crisp apple and pear aromas showing off zesty citrus undertones followed by crisp delicious apple flavors up front with puckering tartness from front to mid-palate while going the distance with light notes of lime and a crisp minerality and finishing with more ripe fruit and mineral notes in an off dry manner. The finish really shows off the tart lime qualities that were shown early on, but are subtle towards the back palate. Overall, a decent Riesling, but could use some time to settle that tart quality. Producer: Fox Run Vineyards Region:  Finger Lakes AVA, New York, United States Wine: Dry Riesling Price: $18 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Riesling; (11.2% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Petrol and rubber duck (new) plastic with …

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Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang

When I see beers from Evil Twin Brewing Company in the store, I usually walk past them. I have sampled a couple and liked what I tasted, but they are generally too pricey for my taste. Of course, to every rule there is an exception. In this case, it is Evil Twin’s companion beers, Yin and Yang. It’s rare to find these beers together at the same time, so when my local beer store (thanks Wine Cabinet!) hosted a tasting, I had to go try them. I liked them enough to buy a four-pack of both and do a writeup… Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang Beer Review: Evil Twin Brewing Company Yin & Yang 2014-09-08 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Evil Twin Yin - 95 Evil Twin Yang - 80 Evil Twin Yin & Yang Blend - 100 92 91.7 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: …

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Rappahannock Cellars; A celebration of great wine, an a new addition (AmericanWineryGuide)

A couple of weeks ago, Rappahannock Cellars opened up their newest addition to the winery – their Barrel Room! During our visit we were also able to taste the super limited, club only 2013 Viognier, and let me tell you, it is a treat to be had! As a follow up to that experience, I think it was timed appropriately to share with you all, my readers, the last Rappahannock Cellars review that I contributed to AmericanWineryGuide. This review is very in-depth and provides insight on just how this powerhouse Virginia winery got its start. Be sure to check out photos from the mid-Summer opening of the new Barrel Room (hint hint: that is now booking events and weddings!), as well as some of my photos from past visits. Enjoy! The HISTORY “The Delmare family moved from California in the late 1990s with the hope of raising their family in …

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Halter Ranch Vineyard; A touch of Rhône, Ranch style (AmericanWineryGuide)

Paso Robles has some of the finest Rhône style wines in not only California, but the United States as well. Our latest AmericanWineryGuide contribution covers yet another gem that Paso Robles has to offer. Do not sleep on Paso, especially if you are a fan of small family-style wineries.   The HISTORY “Halter Ranch is located in the Paso Robles Westside Adelaida District and produces Bordeaux and Rhône-style wines made from 100% sustainable, estate-grown grapes. The ranch itself has been around since the late 1800s when it was originally owned by businessman Edwin Smith, who was a dealer in produce and livestock and was part of 3,600 acres of land he owned. Edwin built a Victorian farmhouse that later burned down, but was rebuilt and utilized until his business collapsed. In 1943, about 1,200 acres were purchased by the MacGillivray family and was farmed for over 50-plus years until the …

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Quick Pour: Sans Liege Call to Arms 2011

Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Fresh lemon meringue, touch of honey, lush, white tropical fruit, and flaky pastry aromas lead to a smooth, honey-coated palate with plenty of weight. Fresh, floral nuances compliment and balance the fruit-forward notes of apricot, golden apple, and pineapple with spice undertones that taper into honey-dipped hints of brioche and angel food cake from mid to back palate. The finish is extremely smooth, pleasing, and spiced up with notes of lemon zest that seem to linger on and on. Excellent balance – a little hot, but not overly acidic with a plethora to look forward to with each sip. Producer: Sans Liege Region: Paso Robles AVA, California, United States Wine: Call to Arms Price: $30 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 70% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne; (15.1% …

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