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Quick Pour: Stone Hill Winery Vignoles 2012

Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   Producer: Stone Hill Winery, Hermann, Missouri Region: Hermann AVA, Missouri, United States Price: $11.49 Vintage: 2012 Varietals: 100% Vignoles; (12.8% ABV) Virginia Pour House Notes: Candied pineapple and fresh baked white cake aromas boom on the nose while pineapple syrup and honey-drenched tropical fruit smooth out the palate, which shows fresh acidity, nice weight, and noticeable residual sugar without overly intoxicating sweetness. Smooth, soft, and juicy. This screw top white is perfect for those scorching summer days.   …

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Quick Pour: Lovingston Winery Petit Manseng 2013

Producer: Lovingston Winery, Lovingston, Virginia Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $19.95 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Petit Manseng; (12.5% ABV) Winemaker Notes: Returning to our off-dry version of this varietal, the 2013 Petit Manseng carries a nose of pineapple and orange peel, and the bright acidity balances well with the slightly sweet finish. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. Lovely to pair with creamy goat cheese or a spicy dish. 200 cases made Virginia Pour House Notes: Crisp, tropical fruit, honeysuckle, and mineral aromas give way to a nice, weighted palate of honey-drenched pineapple, fuji apple, honeysuckle, and orange zest. Crisp, but fresh and balanced sweetness, with just a hint of residual sugar peaking out mid palate tapering off while approaching the finish.   Producer: Lovingston Winery, Lovingston, Virginia Region: Monticello AVA, Virginia, United States Price: $19.95 Vintage: 2013 Varietals: 100% Petit Manseng; (12.5% ABV) Winemaker Notes: Returning to our off-dry version of …

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Adroit Theory Brewing Company; The latest brew craze in Purcellville, Virginia

I enjoyed a nice weekend with the in-laws over Memorial Day as we went to DC’s Summerfest Beer Festival, visited Lost Rhino, and checked out a new brewery tucked all the way out in Purcellville, VA. The brewery is called Adroit Theory Brewing Company. Anyone that is familiar with the location of Corcoran Brewery will know exactly where this place is, since it’s basically right down the street. We pulled into a fairly industrial-looking parking lot and followed the tiny signs until we saw this: This instantly brought me back to my trip to San Diego last May when I visited a brewery called Mike Hess Brewing Co., which was run basically out of a storage garage. This place was slightly bigger, but not by much. Adroit Theory started out by contract-brewing through a company called Beltway Brewing Company in the Sterling area. Basically, you pay them, and they help …

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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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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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Revisiting Ingleside Vineyards; A Stay at the Ingleside Rental Property & Oysterfest

A couple of weekends ago, Jaymie and I headed out to the Northern Neck and  Ingleside Vineyards to enjoy their Oyster Crawl event and to stay at one of the Ingleside Plantation properties, specifically the Pointe. We arrived at Ingleside just after noon and quickly headed inside the tasting room, just past the Denson and Sewansecott oyster folks and crowds of people enjoying the warm, inviting courtyard. As we entered in, we recognized the familiar smiling faces and immediately got the ball rolling on a tasting. We started off our tasting with the 2012 Albarino ($19.95), which boasted some apricot and lemongrass aromas to prime your palate for what is about to come. Bright acidity lays out the framework of apricot and citrus notes that  explode on the palate with a light, zesty finish. Moving onto the next white, we get a try of the 2012 Chardonnay ($15.96). It offers …

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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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Beer Review: Stone Brewery Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers

Producer: Stone Brewing Company; Escondido, California, United States Beer Name: Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers Price Range: $8.99 Style: Porter ABV: 5.9% Appearance: Black, mostly opaque, slight effervescence, small head of foam Aroma: Very faint smoky scent mixed with very faint spiciness but almost no aroma at all Mouthfeel: Effervescent and dry Taste: Smoky upfront with subtle, pleasant spiciness from chipotle; finishes very dry but spice remains    To be clear, I’m not a huge fan of Stone Smoker Porter. However, they have done some interesting things with the beer. I think of porters as being generally very malleable. They are easy to bend in different ways with the addition of one or two ingredients because they are generally fairly plain. Stone Smoked Porter isn’t an interesting beer. But when paired with vanilla bean, or in this case chipotle peppers, it becomes something else entirely. Despite the fact that this …

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Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean

Let me get one thing out of the way. I’m not a huge fan of Rogue’s beers in general. I have had a few fantastic beers from Rogue, but the rest have been very average and all of them have been overpriced. However, when I got two bottles of Rogue for my birthday recently I thought it would be fun to pit them against each other since they are similarly named. The beers are Old Crustacean, a strong barleywine that has been around for a while, and New Crustacean, a fairly new offering by Rogue that is supposed to be… Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean Beer Review: Rogue New Crustacean vs. XS Old Crustacean 2014-05-19 Virginia Pour House Review Overview Rogue New Crustacean - 85 Rogue XS Old Crustacean - 80 83 82.5 Virginia Pour House Rating User Rating: Be the first one ! Let me …

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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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