My buddy Lenn Thompson — founder, creator, publisher, muse and editor of New York Cork Report, the single-most authoritative online resource about New York’s wonderful wine industry, and winner of the “Best Single Subject Wine Blog” three years running from the Wine Blog Awards, board member of DrinkLocalWine.com, general champion of “regional wine” and and and … I’m trying to score the Guinness World Record for longest parenthetical run-on set off by em-dashes while kissing up here but I fear Wolf Blitzer beats me every day on The Situation Room and he’s freakin’ unedited! — I’m sorry, where was I?
Oh yeah, Lenn has penned (ha! I’m a poet and don’t know it!) an essay for Palate Press about Virginia wines. While rightfully sniffling his opprobrium of Virginia riesling, this chronicler of New York’s vino extols Virginia’s viogniers and its red blends, which he feels are even more impressive than the cabernet francs. He outlines what’s going good for the Ol’ Dominion, and highlights some of the challenges it faces. He doesn’t name names, good or bad, and lingers in the general realm of generalities: but his observations are spot-on. Virginia’s got some great stuff, and the factors that have got Virginia where it is today — well, maybe some of them are keeping Virginia from going to the next level.