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Quick Pour: Dunham Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lewis Vineyard 2010

Deep garnet color with dark, lush aromas of dried plum, dark berries and hints of oak, the palate is medium-full with silky, smooth structure. [...]

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout

Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado… 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. Apologies for the long absence. Long work hours and some personal issues have kept me away, but I am making my return for 12 Beers of Christmas 2015. Once again, my awesome wife has bought be 12 surprise beers to give me over the course of 12 days. So, without further ado... 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 1: No-Li Rise & Grind Stout 2015-12-09 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review No-Li Rise Up Stout - 90 90 …

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Quick Pour: Dusted Valley Boomtown Syrah 2012

Producer: Dusted Valley Winery
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $19
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: 96% Syrah, 2% Grenache, 2% Malbec
ABV: 14.1%

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Quick Pour: Cameron Hughes Chenin Blanc / Riesling 2012

Cameron Hughes Chenin Blanc / Riesling 2012
Producer: Cameron Hughes
Region: Columbia Valley AVA, Washington, USA
Price: $15
Vintage: 2012
Varietals: Riesling 70%, Chenin Blanc 30%
ABV: 13.5%

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #17 & #16

The Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer continues with #17 and #16 in the countdown! #17: Troeg’s Master of Pumpkins Producer: Troeg’s Brewing Company; Hershey, PA Beer Name: Master of Pumpkins Price Range: $7.00/draught (10 oz) ABV: 7.4% Appearance: Copper-colored and clear Aroma: Faint pumpkin and spice Virginia Pour House Review: I got to taste this beer at one of my favorite beer joints at Penn State, The Deli. This is one that I had been trying to track down for a little while. It was brewed with local Pennsylvania gourd pumpkins harvested this year. The beer pours a clear copper color with a small white foamy head. There is a very faint aroma of pumpkin and spice, with no specific spices standing out. The taste is strong with pumpkin fruit with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in the middle. The middle is reminiscent of pumpkin pie and the beer finishes dry. I …

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Quest for the Perfect Pumpkin Beer: #27 & #26

It’s Fall and you know what that means: it’s the invasion of the pumpkin! I know that pumpkin-flavoring things have been overplayed in recent years but I have to admit that I still love pumpkin beers. Now that pumpkin beers pretty much come out at any time of year, I decided to sample a bunch of this year’s offerings to try to find the perfect pumpkin beer. I tasted 27 different pumpkin beers and rated each to determine an overall winner. We’ll do this countdown-style. Here we go with #27 and 26 (apologies for no glass shots): #27: Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale Producer: Smuttynose Brewing Company; Hampton, NH Beer Name: Pumpkin Ale Price Range: $1.99/bottle (12 oz.) ABV: 6.3% Appearance: Pale, hazy orange Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a pale, hazy orange with a foamy head that goes down but lingers near the top of the glass. The …

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Quick Pour: The Hague Winery 2008 Meritage Reserve

Producer: The Hague Winery Region: Chesapeake Bay Region (Virginia) / Washington Birthplace AVA Price: $28.95 Vintage: 2008 Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot Virginia Pour House Notes: A gorgeous bouquet of cedar, smoke, candied fig, and dark fruit spreads from the nose to the palate with cherry being the standout adding subtleties of spice and leather mid-palate. Complex and intricate structure with silky smooth tannins and an ultra smooth finish that leaves luscious nuances of spice box and vanilla lingering behind.  Big bodied, aromatic, and a plethora of qualities propel this gem to the top part of my ‘Virginia Favorites’ list.   VIRGINIA POUR HOUSE RATING 89 Points    

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