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Upstate New York; A tour through the Finger Lakes Region

As many of you may notice, I do primarily focus on Virginia but do visit other wine making areas of the country. I have also over the past year or two met and become friends with many other oenophiles and/or influenced friends of mine to become one.  A good friend of mine from work went on a vineyard tour in Upstate New York this past Memorial Day weekend, and wanted to share her experiences in the Finger Lakes Region with all of my readers. Obviously, I was delighted to have the opportunity to diversify the blog a little bit and to read about her experiences in another region of the country that I haven’t had the chance to visit yet. With that being said, I bring to you a guest feature from my friend known as “Jeannie”. Finger Lakes = Fantastic! My daughter is a college student in Upstate New …

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Delaplane Cellars; Less is More

After taxing my palate to the brink of collapse during a long weekend of TasteCamp, Hagan of Wines In A Can Blog fame asked me if I would stop by Delaplane for a tasting. I tossed the idea around and, as many of my fellow bloggers know, I tend to push the limits when it comes to packing vineyard trips into short periods of time. Hagan had to pick up his case club shipment and I — well I had no reason to go but to check out what the new 2011 vintage varieties Delaplane had to offer.   Located just off of US17S in the Crooked Run Valley, tucked away on the slope of Ball Mountain, is Delaplane Cellars. Delaplane is owned by Jim Dolphin, who is also the wine grower and winemaker, a jack of all trades if you will. Jim’s vineyard ethics are very simple. All wines …

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Morais Vineyards & Winery Red Select; #WW Wine Wednesday

This amazing blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot exhibits subtle fruit backed by a toasty oak and spice laced nose. Bountiful blackberry flavors jump out of the glass with a good acidity and smooth floral undertone that is accented by a light spice. The Red Select finishes off with soft tannins and carries forth smooth earthy undertones. This is a great wine to enjoy with just about any dish. This evening I paired it with roasted chicken, grilled asparagus, and sweet potato wedges. The truth is for just under $20 you’re missing out if you don’t grab a bottle of the Red Select. Be on the lookout for the upcoming review on Morais Vineyards & Winery coming next week. Overall Rating: 89 Points  

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Marterella Winery Wins Court Battle; A Victory for VA Wine

After over a year or two of battle with her Home Owners Association, Kate Marterella will have something to smile about come Memorial Day weekend, when they finally re-open their doors to the public after a lengthy court battle. A couple of weeks ago, Kate and her family lost Jim Marteralla,  after a hard-fought battle with Melanoma. Though Jerry is no longer with us, his wishes of winning the case were granted,  his legacy, passion, and devotion to his family and Virginia Wine will live on. Below is a brief excerpt from the Washington Post article with the link to the press release. For those interested, the Marterella’s have set up the Marterella Melanoma Foundation in hopes of raising money towards finding a cure for this vicious disease. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here. Marterella Melanoma Foundation  Virginia Supreme Court rules in favor of …

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Rogers Ford Farm Winery; Respite from the everyday hustle

Along the southern portion of the Northern Virginia region, a little out of the way, but well worth the trek is Rogers Ford Farm Winery. The tasting room, from what I’ve heard, was an old B&B converted to tasting room which was located right at the foot of the vineyard. Pulling up to the tasting room and parking across the dirt road, I got that feeling that I used to feel when I would head to a cousins cookout for their birthday back home. Aside from seeing the vineyards across the dirt road, you almost feel like you’re invading someone’s property. As you walk up, there is a nice quiet and shaded deck that leads you through the screen porch door to the tasting room. As you enter the tasting room, you’re greeted by a smiling face, some tables to the left side of the room, and the tasting bar …

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Mattaponi Winery; Conquerer of the fruit wine

My efforts to complete the Northern Virginia wine region required a couple stops south, just north of Fredericksburg. One of the stops along the way was Mattaponi Winery, which bears a Native American theme throughout the winery. We originally planned on dropping by Lake Anna first, but came across Mattaponi along the way. Overall, the wines at Mattaponi were ok, however the fruit wines can be compared to none! The winery in itself I have little to say about. The tasting room was very small, and had a small deck out back with tent covering to enjoy on the property. Most of the production is completed just past that very deck. The gentleman that was pouring this particular day was very friendly and offered an in-depth explanation as to the story behind all of their wines. Most of the reds are not as heavy or structured as most normal varieties. …

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