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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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EVENT: Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS

Here at Virginia Pour House, I’m all about supporting charity events and helping others in need to the fullest extent I can. After attending a blind sparking tasting at Early Mountain Vineyards (my second year attending), I spoke with Allan over at CellarBlog about his work with some other Virginia wineries to hold on an event supporting the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. I told him I would spread the word and I am, after all, a man of my word. The Second Annual Virginia Wine & Cheese Tasting to Fight MS is a great event (and very inexpensive given the enormity of the cause). I strongly urge all of you, the readers, to put May 5th on your calendars and attend this charity event. For online ticket purchasing, there will be a pre-registration online, but you can also purchase tickets at the door for no additional cost. The details are …

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A MUST READ: East Coast Wineries Writer Carlo De Vito Explains A Blogs Role in the Wine Industry

“The latest findings from Technorati’s 2013 Digital Influence Report show that “consumers are turning to blogs when looking to make a purchase,” read the report. “In fact, blogs rank favorably with consumers for trust, popularity and even influence.” So, in the last year I’ve gone to more conferences than a first year Ph.D. candidate. I’ve been north, west, and east, and am full up to here with wine conferences. The two things that keep me going back? The wine. And the friends. And of course the exchange of information is invaluable. But something bothered me greatly this year, and I need to speak out on it. I went to a number of conferences, and in very rare instances did I see any bloggers. More upsetting than this, when I went to social media seminars, not only were bloggers not invited to speak, but when mentioned, they were in fact derided …

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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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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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Fauquier Board Of Supervisors’ Pass anti-winery Ordinance; Jim Law changes name to Benedict Arnold

For those of you who have not heard, the Fauquier Board Of Supervisors passed the anti-winery Ordinance. Vote: AGAINST (1), Sherbeyn; FOR (4), Granger, Stribling, Trumbo, Schwartz. Interested in sounding off to those FOR? Here are their emails, have at it. kim.johnson@fauquiercounty.gov Peter.Schwartz@fauquiercounty.gov Holder.Trumbo@fauquiercounty.gov chester.stribling@fauquiercounty.gov lee.sherbeyn@fauquiercounty.gov chris.granger@fauquiercounty.gov I first want to thank the Swirl, Sip, and Snark duo for the excellent coverage of the meeting last night. There is a link at the bottom of this post which summarizes the fireworks from the meeting, through the eyes of GrapeEnvyGuy on Swirl, Sip, and Snark Blog. The shocker of the evening had to be Jim Law, of Linden, coming out in support of the ordinance. PAUSE. Let’s be honest, Jim, you started your winery on your family trust, you had wiggle room to fail and got away without relying on events because of your infinite amounts of funding. MOST OF THESE …

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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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4th of July in VA Wine Country; Event Listings

CrossKeys Vineyards Time: 11:00AM – 7:00PM Come enjoy the Nation’s birthday at CrossKeys! Celebrate the Fourth in a relaxing manner while enjoying music and wine. More details to follow. Website: www.crosskeysvineyards.com     Barren Ridge Vineyards Join us for our 5th annual Pork and Cork 4th of July celebration! Barren Ridge will feature a full pig roast, live music, and fireworks from 6pm – 10pm. Reservations required. Please visit our website for more details. Website: www.barrenridgevineyards.com     King Family Vineyards First Wednesday Toast the summer weather and enjoy the view from our patio during extended hours on the first Wednesday of the month April through September. The Tasting Room will be open for bottle and glass sales until 8:00 p.m. and the patio closes at 8:30 p.m. Website: www.kingfamilyvineyards.com     DuCard Vineyards Celebrate July 4th at DuCard with local BBQ from Setter Mountain Foods and music by Mattie …

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JDRF Silent Auction Winners; Virginia Wine Basket

I just wanted to take the time to recognize and thank the following people for their donations toward our Juvenile Diabetes silent auction fundraiser:  Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Winery, Keswick Vineyards, Gadino Cellars, Rappahannock Cellars, Sunset Hills Vineyards, Zephaniah Farm Vineyards, Delaplane Cellars, Jessica Phillips, and the entire National LECET staff. The organization was able to raise close to ten thousand dollars towards the JDRF charity and I couldn’t be more pleased with the donations and help from our local vineyards. I want to also congratulate the winners of the silent auction: Stephanie Williams and Walter Jones. The first prize that won, during the charity luncheon, was an Ingleside Plantation Vineyards and Winery VIP Tasting and Tour for six people, which Stephanie ended up taking home. The second prize was a ‘Picnic in the Country’ wine themed basket sponsored by National LECET and Virginia Pour House. The basket included the following: …

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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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