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Dogfish Head Alehouse Off-Centered Beer Dinner

Last week was American Craft Beer Week and so the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax had a special beer dinner for the occasion. It was a five-course dinner, each one paired with a beer, and each pairing off-centered. What does that mean? It means that the food was a little off the wall and the beer pairings were not quite what you would expect for the dish. Here’s a quick review of each of the five courses. First Course: The Great Grapefruit Salad with Aprihop The Great Grapefruit Salad consisted of fresh spinach, chopped grapefruit, walnuts, sliced radish, and feta cheese, tossed with a grapefruit vinaigrette. The salad was actually served in half grapefruit rind. The salad had a nice subtle citrus flavor, slightly bitter but not overwhelming. The subtle citrus brought out a citrus in Aprihop that usually isn’t there. The feta offset the bitterness of the citrus and …

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Quick Pour: Rappahannock Cellars 2014 VX2 White Blend

Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh flowers and a nod of tropical fruit towards the back as it finishes clean and fresh. An amazing blend that is both very fruit forward and surprisingly near bone-dry. Pairs perfectly with fresh pan seared lemon & pepper seasoned cod, served over couscous, with sauteed Brussels sprouts.   Producer: Rappahannock Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $24 (Member Only) Vintage: 2014 Varietals: 75% Vidal Blanc, 25% Viognier ABV: 13.3% Virginia Pour House Notes: Bursting on the nose with aromas of Dole canned peaches, lychee and overtones of fresh floral. The palate is near bone dry with white peach, fresh …

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Saude Creek Vineyards; The new youngsters of the South (AmericanWineryGuide)

The STORY “The privately-owned vineyard bears about 22 acres on property and includes Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. The seven nearby off-site acres contain Merlot and Chardonel. As you pull into the property through the front gates, you follow the vineyard-lined roadway towards the enormous, dark wood-sided tasting and production facility. To the left is a covered production area with crush pad, and to the right is a gorgeous wrap-around covered patio that stretches all the way around the tasting room. The patio is lined with wooden Adirondack chairs and side tables. As you glance out into the vineyards, there are countless acres of vines – many newly planted and enclosed in greenhouses. Peering off of the back patio, the steep hillside is lined with countless additional acres and, to the right side, a fire pit with more Adirondacks surrounded the pit. The site is stunning.” (Read More) …

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Arterra Wines; Where Art and Terroir collide, beautifully (AmericanWineryGuide)

Recently, we ventured out to Delaplane, Virginia to check out the latest new winery that is generating quite a buzz. Arterra presented us with top-notch wine, a quaint and relaxing setting, and plenty of art. With that said, we bring you the latest installment from AmericanWineryGuide.com that was published today. Enjoy! The STORY “A gorgeous, red, metal sign greets visitors with the name Arterra Wines carved on the upper portion and Hawkmoth Art carved on the bottom portion. The winery, which was recently opened by owners Jason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray, combines Sandy’s art – it displays her artwork for sale under the Hawkmoth Art label – with the duo’s wines under the Arterra Wines label. Sandy began her venture as an art educator before deciding to give up the full-time education path to pursue her love of creating wine-inspired art under the Hawkmoth banner. Time constraints made it exceedingly …

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EVENT: Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival

Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival April 9-11 | Charlottesville, VA Three days of celebrating the best of Central Virginia Wines Tickets on sale now! CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The 2015 Taste of Monticello Wine Trail Festival presented by Mercedes Benz of Charlottesville will take place April 9-11, celebrating the best of Central Virginia wines over the course of three days. Tickets are on sale now and available at monticellowinetrailfestival.com and the Charlottesville’s Visitor Center on the downtown mall. The Monticello Wine Trail Festival is a partnership between the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society, nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Jefferson Theater. In addition to our presenting sponsor, Mercedes-Benz of Charlottesville other key sponsors and event partners include Bank of the James and Keller & George jewelers. The Monticello Wine Trail is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote and encourage cooperation among the various award-winning Central Virginia wineries, which have helped …

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Lovingston Winery; A Virginia Pinotage, again, Pinotage (AmericanWineryGuide)

The HISTORY “After browsing through the last couple editions of Wine Enthusiast, I came across multiple Virginia wineries posting 87+ point rated wines. I also noticed an unfamiliar name with several wines that ranged from 89 to 91 points, including a Pinotage. A Pinotage? In Virginia? In the United States, there are maybe 60 acres of Pinotage grown total, and 2 of those 60 just so happened to be planted at Lovingston Winery in Lovingston, Virginia (just south of Charlottesville). After reading about their wines, I made it a point to visit this winery on my next trip, and this past weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. After grabbing a quick bite to eat in downtown Charlottesville, we made the trek down Route 29 and onto state road 653. Just about a mile up the road, on our left, was the vineyard entrance to Lovingston Winery. Up …

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Quick Pour: Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011

Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black cherry. The palate boasts a medium bodied structure with fine tannins up front that intensify mid palate while adding light spice and burst of white pepper deep into the back palate as it finishes with earthy undertones and rich oak. A perfect wine to match a tender filet or lamb burger. Fabbioli Cellars Tannat 2011 Producer: Fabbioli Cellars Region: Northern Virginia, Virginia, United States Price: $45 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 76% Tannat, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot ABV: 13.9% Virginia Pour House Notes: Leather leads the dancing on the nose as it is followed closely by ripe blackberry and hints of black cherry. …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Blue Mountain Lights Out (Day 3)

Twelve Beers of Christmas continues with a local Virginia brew!   Blue Mountain Lights Out Producer: Blue Mountain Brewery; Arrington, VA Beer Name: Lights Out Style: Old Ale Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 7% Appearance: Dark brown, small foamy tan head, cloudy Aroma: Dark fruit, fig, raisin, plum, sweet, light roastiness Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a cloudy brown with a small, foamy, tan head. The aroma includes notes of dark fruits and is sweet with some light roastiness. I get possibly a little fig, raisin, and maybe some plum aromas but it’s mostly understated. There is some dark fruit in the taste, but it’s pretty light-bodied overall, with strong bitterness in the middle. The fruit blends in a weird way with the hops. The taste is pretty accurate for the style, although I’m not a huge fan of old ales in general. What is confusing me about this …

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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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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #7-9

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #7-9 in the countdown! #9: Saucony Creek Maple Mistress Producer: Saucony Creek Brewing Company; Kutztown, PA Beer Name: Maple Mistress Price Range: $5 / draught (10 oz) ABV: 9.5% Appearance: Clear, robust amber Aroma: Pumpkin, maple, cinnamon Virginia Pour House Review: I decided to get a bonus pumpkin beer while at The Deli in State College and ordered this amazingly-named beer after the wife took a shot on it. The aroma on this beer is incredible. Rich notes of pumpkin and maple syrup stand out with a hint of cinnamon underneath. The beer is a clear, bold amber color with almost no head. The taste features strong notes of maple syrup in the beginning and middle with big pumpkin and spice in the finish. It has a great mouthfeel, coating the palate with sweet maple and pleasing pumpkin pie flavor. This is probably one of …

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