Tag Archives: Virginia Wine

An early spring buds hope, and uncertainty

Author’s note: After I wrote this column for The Washington Post about how local vintners were anxious about the early spring weather, but before it was published, warnings went out about a potential killer frost last weekend along the Piedmont … Continue reading

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The Winemaker’s Hands 1: Jefferson Vineyards

When I meet winemakers, I always want to look at their hands. Winemaking is literally a “hands-on” profession, and I find that the calluses, the stains, the rawness of their hands speaks wonders about their craft. These are the hands … Continue reading

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And the Winner Is: Glen Manor Hodder Hill 2009

With the Oscars this Sunday, the Virginia wine industry gave out its own top honors in Richmond tonight, with the Governor’s Cup for best wine going to a newcomer – Glen Manor Vineyards, for its 2009 Hodder Hill red blend. … Continue reading

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Virginia wine updates: Sweely’s new name, and an honor for Breaux

The worst kept secret in Virginia wine is now official: Sweely Estate winery, purchased last summer by Steve and Jean Case of America Online fame, will be renamed Early Mountain Vineyards, with a grand opening scheduled for later this spring. … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: A Californian’s perspective on Virginia wine

A visiting friend has kept me busy this weekend, but here’s a late roundup of (last) week’s wine writings worth weading: What happens when a Californian wine writer with a sharp palate and an open mind visits Virginia? You get … Continue reading

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Revisiting an early call to “Drink Local”

I wrote this exhortation to “open your mind to local wines” in Dave McIntyre’s WineLine #56, in August 2006. That was more than two years before Jeff Siegel and I created DrinkLocalWine.com. Looking at it now, I’m a bit chagrined … Continue reading

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Locapour message still getting muddled

What’s wrong with this picture? (Besides some missing vintage dates.) I snapped this last night at Tautog’s Restaurant in Virginia Beach, after shaking my coat free of snow from a freak ocean squall. The Virginia Wine logo prominently greets diners … Continue reading

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Wine gives back to Virginia – Ka-CHING!

How important is wine to Virginia? About three-quarters-of-a-billion. A new study released Thursday by Gov. Bob McDonnell concluded that Virginia’s wine industry contributed $747 million to the Commonwealth’s economy in 2010. That’s up from $362 million in 2005, the last … Continue reading

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Virginia, Maryland impress the California judges

Local wines shined – or at least won some shiny medals – at two recent competitions in California. At this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest annual contest featuring wines from around the United States, Barboursville Vineyards took … Continue reading

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Wine Camp 2011: This wine’s from WHERE?

Something extraordinary happened this Christmas. Not birth-of-the-savior extraordinary mind you, but something so unexpected that I had to rub my eyes before I could believe it actually happened. I was served a Virginia wine at “Wine Camp.” Wine Camp is … Continue reading

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