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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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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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The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards; Rustic elegance in the heart of Hamilton

The inaugural weekend for The Barns at Hamilton Station, I met up with a bunch of my fellow writers and bloggers (as some know us as the Virginia Wine Mafia), to check out the new winery and its offerings. Located just off of Route 9 in Loudoun County, this 100 year old restored farm property, spans across 10 acres in gorgeous Hamilton, VA. The tasting room consists of three levels, a two level patio, and a soon to be (fingers crossed) cigar lounge to the right side of the room. There are plenty of picnic tables and adirondack chairs scattered about the property which backs up to the newly planted future fruit yielding vineyard. The bottom level of the old dairy farm house is completely restored, with gorgeous stone work that can hold a pretty descent sized crowd and is also filled with a few bistro tables throughout the air …

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Paradise Springs Winery; What a difference a year or two makes

A couple weeks back my good friend, Chris, was in town with his girlfriend. When trying to decide what we were going to do that Friday afternoon, of course the first thing that came to my mind was visit a winery. I wanted to stay relatively close to my place in Fairfax, and the closest winery that came to mind was Paradise Springs, in Clifton. Yes, folks, Fairfax County has a winery, and a GORGEOUS one at that. After my first visit to Paradise Springs, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Granted, the property was gorgeous; however, I wasn’t overly impressed with the wines I tasted during their grand opening. Almost two years later, it was time to give Paradise Springs another go.   For those of you who haven’t actually been to the winery, allow me to give you a visual. The property sits on a 36 …

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Ingleside Vineyards wins ”Best Petit Verdot” & Double Gold in the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition

A HUUUUUUUUUGE Congratulations goes out to Ingleside Vineyards for being the ONLY American producer to win Gold in this year’s “Petit Verdot” category at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. I just received the official press release and decided to share the good news with my readers and again urge you all to visit this vineyard in the Northern Neck of Virginia. Along with their Petit Verdot, Ingleside producers some other gems such as a 2007 Syrah, 2006 Merlot, 2007 Cabernet Franc,  a 2008 Sangiovese (one of my favorites), and a slew of other great wines. Not familiar with Ingleside? Familiarize yourself with my recent post about my visit to Ingleside here: Ingleside Plantation Vineyards; Where history and damn good wines collide I’ve also included below a copy to the official press release. Enjoy, and if you get to visit Ingleside, be sure to let them know that you …

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Greenvale Vineyards Skipping Stone White 2010

Producer: Greenvale Vineyards Price: $14 Vintage: 2010 Winemaker Notes: Pairing: This wine is great by itself, with cheese, a simple meal and is also sensational with spicy foods. Grape Varieties: 90% Cayuga and 10% Vidal Blanc Fermentation: Stainless Steel Production: 912 Cases Additional Notes: Very light in color, the wine is aromatic with a bright, crisp, floral nose — delicious and refreshing on the palate. Slightly off dry with a nice balance of sweetness and acidity.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: light notes of violet Flavors: bright refreshing palate bursting with soothing notes of violet and green apple Finish: effervescent feel, but finishing in a well rounded blend of acidity and sweetness and oh so crisp! Additional Notes: Originally being from Rhode Island, the first time I visited this vineyard I was excited and frightened at the same time. I came across so many great vineyards in Virginia, I …

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Chester Gap Cellars; Some of Summer’s Best

I’ve written about Chester Gap Cellars a couple times before. The Viognier, specifically the Reserve, is to die for. While I was out and about on the trails picking up wine for my 4th of July trip to Rhode Island, I was craving some great whites to drink while at the beach or on the boat. My good friend back home, Chris, shot me a couple hundred dollars to pick up some Virginia Wine for him. This reminded me of Maxim Magazine’s celebrity challenge where they give a celebrity $848 to see how they would spend it. The first place that I went to was Boxwood Winery, where I scooped up a bottle of the 2010 Topiary for my collection and a bottle of the 2011 Rose for the trip. The next stop was Chester Gap Cellars. After a recent visit to Paradise Springs, Chris was ranting about the Petit …

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Boxwood Winery; Now open to the public

Disappointed at having to miss the visit to Boxwood Winery at TasteCamp, I feared that any attempts at making an appointment would prove futile.  Thankfully, a few of my fellow bloggers gave me the heads up that they were opening to the public and abandoning the machine run tasting room in Middleburg that I have refused to visit. Finally the opportunity had presented itself and up the short, paved, and gated driveway I went. On the right side there were about 15 umbrella shaded tables with a dominantly young twenty something yuppy crowd. I parked around the backside of the Boxwood Winery building and walked through the crush pad on the way to the front door. As I approached the door, I was met at and asked to choose an open table for a tasting. Our pourer was a young, bubbly girl in her early twenties who was very charismatic, …

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The Southern Part of the Northern Neck; As good as the Northern Part?

Memorial Day weekend, the weekend I finish up the Northern Neck Region of Virginia. I started my travels heading south on 17 and coming across Good Luck Cellars. With plenty of chatter across twitter from both Good Luck Cellars and other bloggers, I decided this would be a good starting point. I pulled up to the newly renovated tasting room. On the right, an olive oil display.  And to the left, leather chairs and couches all set up around a beautiful fireplace. In front of the living room setup, is the main tasting bar, beautifully crafted with glasses and bottle racks displayed on the back wall. To the left is the overspill tasting bar, an almost miniature version of the main bar.  Based on my experiences with Ingleside and some of the wineries further north, I brought some high expectations to Good Luck Cellars.  I was not disappointed.     …

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Upstate New York; A tour through the Finger Lakes Region

As many of you may notice, I do primarily focus on Virginia but do visit other wine making areas of the country. I have also over the past year or two met and become friends with many other oenophiles and/or influenced friends of mine to become one.  A good friend of mine from work went on a vineyard tour in Upstate New York this past Memorial Day weekend, and wanted to share her experiences in the Finger Lakes Region with all of my readers. Obviously, I was delighted to have the opportunity to diversify the blog a little bit and to read about her experiences in another region of the country that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. With that being said, I bring to you a guest feature from my friend known as “Jeannie”. Finger Lakes = Fantastic! My daughter is a college student in Upstate New …

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