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Ingleside Vineyards; A Post-Turkey Day Visit

It’s kind of sad to say that prior to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, it had been since springtime since I last visited Ingleside Vineyards.  Since then, several new varieties and vintages have been bottled and a few great events have been missed.  With that being said, I thought what better time to visit than in the midst of the holidays. After speaking to Chris Flemer, my girlfriend, her mother, and I hit the road on our way to Oak Grove. Chris was there to welcome us and was kind enough to give the grand tour to the ladies, followed by a nice tasting in the Barrel Room. Amazing how in a matter of months, Ingleside had released 9 new wines. A few of these new releases are heavy hitters. So what has been added, and how good is the new vintage for many of these varieties? Lets get to it! …

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Stone Mountain Vineyards; Live from the observation deck

With the fall foliage on the cusp of it’s color peak, most tourists and native Virginians are looking to enjoy gorgeous views, brilliant fall colors and, of course, great Virginia wine. My latest trip to the Charlottesville area opened my eyes to one of the BEST views that I have encountered in Virginia in a long time. This vineyard, Stone Mountain Vineyards, located just north of Charlottesville captured the fall foliage and my breathe at the same time.  I’m not going to lie, the dirt road to the winery at the top of the mountain, is beyond gorgeous but treacherous as well.  So be sure to use caution when weaving left and right up the road. As you approach the parking lot, you will find yourself hitting the brake pedal hard and gasping at the amazing views that are the back drop to the ski lodge style observation deck, also …

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Quick Pour: Hume Vineyards Seyval Blanc 2011

Producer: Hume Vineyards Region: Northern Virginia Price: $19 Vintage: 2011 Winemaker Notes: A crisp, dry Seyval loaded with citrus, honeysuckle, grapefruit, and melon. Sharp as a Japanese blade, this wine showcases bright acidity and intense freshness Virginia Pour House Notes: Hume is a relatively newer vineyard in Hume, VA that is steadily growing with upcoming expansion to their tasting facility and a broadening of wines offered. One 2011 vintage that stood out to me was their Seyval Blanc. Sharp citrus notes stab at your nose while an intense lime and grapefruit flavor rushes across your taste buds with a touch of minerality. This Seyval hits with a crisp and refreshing, off dry finish that is perfect when paired with a nice crab cake or some grilled chicken.   VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 85 Points

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The Tasting Panel 2012 Tour of Double Golds; Washington, DC

For those of you who haven’t heard, this past year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition yielded a few winners from Virginia wineries and vineyards. The greatest accolade to be received in this competition is the Double Gold Medal. In the 2012 competition, Virginia’s own, Ingleside Vineyards, took home a Double Gold honor for their 2007 Petit Verdot. Please see the footer of this post for a listing of other Virginia wineries to receive awards.  Congratulations to Ingleside on their tremendous accomplishment. Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to Tasting Panel Magazine’s Tour of Double Golds event at the Poste Moderne Brasserie. The event consisted of most, if not all, of the Double Gold winners in the wine categories as well as the San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold winners. A fantastic cheese and characuterie spread was available to all attendees as well as a wine …

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Morais Vineyards & Winery; Paradise with Portuguese Charm in Bealeton

After my first visit a few months back to Morais Vineyards, I was impressed by the beauty of the grounds, the impeccable hospitality, the friendliness of the staff, and the promise in the wine. After taking a tour through the facility, from the grand ballroom, to the cellar containing the crush beds and the wine cellar, to the patio, and tasting room, I couldn’t be more impressed. The main building resembles that of a mansion in Sicily, with circle driveway in front, gorgeous water fountain, and the vineyards at the edge of the tasting room. As you come up the driveway, greeting you is the Morais decorated 1950’s Ford Truck with wine barrels stacked in the back. On the right is a small chapel surrounded on all sides by Vineyard. This vineyard is gorgeous! As I set foot in the tasting room, my two favorite tasting room people, Noreen and …

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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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Vintage Ridge Vineyards & Winery for Sale; 3.75 Million and it’s yours!

“This 43-acre estate with a home built using three barns, also includes a 7-acre vineyard and winery. It is on the market for 3.75 million.” -CNN Money

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Virginia Wineworks Viognier 2011

Producer: Virginia Wineworks (Michael Shaps) Price: $16 Vintage: 2011 Winemaker Notes: Additional Notes: A bright floral and citrusy wine made from the official wine variety of Virginia. Made in stainless steel tanks to highlight the fruit character, this wine is like drinking in a Virginia Summer day.  The aromatic intensity is very inviting; the palate is dry and crisp with enough acidity to match up to many food pairings.   Virginia Pour House Notes: Aroma: pear, green apple, and a touch citrus Flavors: effervescent mouth-feel with kiwi undertones with apple, pear, apricot, and lime doing battle on the palate Finish: crisp and refreshing finish with green apple dominating the lengthy finish Additional Notes: After visiting First Colony Winery a couple months back, I was urged to take a ride up the driveway to the Michael Shaps / Virginia Wineworks facility. The tasting room and production facility is located in a warehouse that Shaps uses …

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Rappahannock Cellars; One of NoVA’s best wineries hands down

I’ve visited many vineyards and have grown to appreciate wines of all characteristics. The one winery that I have not changed my opinion on has been Rappahannock Cellars. What I mean by that is: from my early love of sweet wines to the dryer Bourdeaux style blends, there literally is a wine for everyone at this place. When I began my tour of Virginia’s Wine Country, Rappahannock was an early stop and a no brainer.  Month after month, winemaker Jason Burrus, keeps delivering top notch wines to wow your palate. A little background on the family that has pioneered this great vineyard — The Delmare’s. The family of 14 had originally dug their roots in by the Santa Cruz Mountains, in the form of the old Saratoga Vineyards, now known as the Savannah Channel Vineyards. Over twenty years have passed and the Delmare’s goal was to raise their family in …

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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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