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25 Pours of Christmas (Pour 4): Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Producer: Shaw Vineyard & Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc ABV: 13% Virginia Pour House Notes: Notes of citrus and grass lead the nose with bright acidity shining on the palate adding nuances of honeysuckle up front followed closely by crisp, white peach and hints of lemongrass. A creamy palate texture and a smooth finish with just a touch of zest towards the back palate concludes New York State white gem. We originally opened this bottle in the Spring, but it had held up very well and still had bold acidity. This would be perfect for a traditional Italian Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes.   Shaw Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Producer: Shaw Vineyard & Winery Region: Seneca Lake AVA, Finger Lakes AVA, New York, USA Price: $18 Vintage: 2011 Varietals: 100% Sauvignon …

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Wisdom Oak Winery; Raise your glass to peace and quiet in Charlottesville (Yes, REALLY)

A fall review from AmericanWineryGuide as I covered Wisdom Oak Winery (Formerly Sugarleaf Vineyards) in the Charlottesville area. “As you spot the new Wisdom Oak Winery sign, planted where the former Sugarleaf Vineyards sign stood, you will find yourself traveling up a gravel, single lane road that appears to be the road to nowhere. As the trees clear and the farm house converted to tasting room, outlined by the 4 acres of vines in the background, appears, you instantly release a sigh of relief and can truly take a step back to admire the beauty of the Wisdom Oak grounds. Owner Jerry Bias purchased the property over a decade ago then under the Sugarleaf banner, but changed the name early in 2013 to commemorate the opening of the new tasting room. The property sits at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and presents guests with gorgeous views and the …

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Catoctin Creek Winery; Passion Makes Perfect

When referencing either whiskey or wine, if you live in Northern Virginia, you probably have heard the name Catoctin Creek. I’m sure plenty of other people have confused the two as being made by the same company or entity. What most do not realize is they are not. Catoctin Creek is own and operated by a one man army named Jim Hanna. In 2004, after retiring from a well-known organization in downtown Washington, DC, Jim moved from Bethesda to a small development tucked away in the town of Purcellville. Jim decided to follow his passion for both photography and wine. With the help of some local wine experts by the names of Doug Fabbioli (owner and Winemaker at Fabbioli Cellars) and Dave Collins (oormer Winemaker at Breaux Vineyards), Jim began learning and producing some of the most appealing boutique wines I have had in Northern Virginia. He has been making …

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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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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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Fauquier County’s Proposed Winery Ordinance; A CALL TO ACTION

For those of you who have not heard or read about the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors’ proposed Winery Ordinace, allow me to enlighten you. This is the agenda from the Board of Supervisors: Sponsor: Meeting Date: Peter B. Schwartz, Marshall District Supervisor July 12, 2012 Staff Lead: Department: Kimberley A. Johnson, Zoning Administrator Community Development Topic: The Fauquier County Farm Winery Ordinance: Zoning Ordinance Text Amendments to Sections 3-318, 5-1810, 6-102, 6-400 and 15-300 of the Fauquier County Zoning Ordinance Topic Description: The proposed text amendment modifies the County’s existing Zoning Ordinance regulations related to Farm Wineries. The existing regulations and long-standing interpretations allow Farm Wineries to grow grapes, manufacture wine, sell and store wine and incidental wine items, and also allow the tasting and consumption of wine on-site. The existing regulations require Farm Wineries to secure special permit or special exception approval for events. The proposed regulations continue …

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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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