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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Don’t Believe the Hype (Ghost 241)

Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA/Double IPA Price Range: $12.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 10.6% Appearance: Aroma: Virginia Pour House Review: The other Adroit Theory beer I picked up at Crafted is a new one that even the owner of the store hadn’t had a chance to try yet. This is bottle #110 out of 450, so I’m guessing this particular batch is pretty limited. It pours a deep amber with red and orange hues and very little head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with hints of maple syrup and earthy notes. The first sip is heavy and malty, with a big boozy middle and finish. The hop character is pretty well balanced with the malt, but the malt backbone is huge on this beer. It’s almost a cross between an IPA and a barleywine. The beer coats the palate with sweet syrupy notes and …

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Quick Pour: Adroit Theory Angel’s Trumpet (Ghost 164)

Producer: Adroit Theory Brewing Company; Purcellville, VA Style: IPA w/ mangos Price Range: $14.99 / bottle (12.7 oz) ABV: 7.0% Appearance: Pale cloudy straw, small foamy white head Aroma: Grass, straw, hint of mango Virginia Pour House Review: I stopped in at a craft beer store down in Haymarket, VA called Crafted to pick up some beer for my trip to Asheville, NC. The owner told me they had been open for about a year and a half but I just recently found out about them from a neighbor. It’s a cool little store and they had a great selection of hard-to-find beers. While I was there, I picked up a couple beers from Adroit Theory, including Angel’s Trumpet. This is a beer that I have been coveting for a while now so of course I was excited to finally try it. It pours a hazy pale straw color with …

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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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Middleburg AVA Approved; AVA all Boxed in

A huge congratulations to Rachel Martin, EVP of Boxwood Winery in Middleburg for her tireless effort in getting the Middleburg AVA approved. Below is the press release from Boxwood regarding the approval of the AVA.   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ALL MEDIA OUTLETS Contact: Rachel Martin Telephone:  540-687-8778 x1 Email: contact@boxwoodwinery.com MIDDLEBURG VIRGINIA AVA APPROVED   Middleburg Virginia AVA is the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) designated by the  U.S. Treasury Department today in the Federal Registry.   An AVA is a grape-growing region that is defined by its geographic features which affect the type and style of the wine it produces.  Wineries in the area can identify themselves as being in the AVA if their wines are made from a minimum of 85% of grapes grown in the area. Wines can be designated as “Estate Bottled” if the grapes are grown on the winery’s estate. There are currently 198 AVAs in …

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Virginia Wine Basket for JDRF Silent Auction

This week, I was asked for assistance from a good friend of mine at work, to help put together a basket of a certain theme for our yearly participation in my company’s JDRF silent auction. Each year, our staff (at my 9-5) joins forces to create an array of opportunities to bid on in silent auction. Another group of friends at work put together a JDRF 5K and all proceeds go to help fight Juvenile Diabetes. This year, with the recent launch of my blog, I decided to offer up a suggestion of a Virginia Wine themed basket. This basket will contain items such as a wooden cutting board, knives, wine glasses, bottle coolers, vouchers for Virginia wine that I am providing as a donation, a picnic basket and accessories. And lastly what I am asking for from the Virginia Wine Community, are tasting donations. So far, Keswick Vineyards and …

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Mattaponi Winery; Conquerer of the fruit wine

My efforts to complete the Northern Virginia wine region required a couple stops south, just north of Fredericksburg. One of the stops along the way was Mattaponi Winery, which bears a Native American theme throughout the winery. We originally planned on dropping by Lake Anna first, but came across Mattaponi along the way. Overall, the wines at Mattaponi were ok, however the fruit wines can be compared to none! The winery in itself I have little to say about. The tasting room was very small, and had a small deck out back with tent covering to enjoy on the property. Most of the production is completed just past that very deck. The gentleman that was pouring this particular day was very friendly and offered an in-depth explanation as to the story behind all of their wines. Most of the reds are not as heavy or structured as most normal varieties. …

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