Category Archives: Competitions

Worth reading this week

In my continuing quest to come up with a regular pattern of posts that can make it easier to keep feeding this blog and also give you readers some consistency about what to expect when you visit, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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The Locavore/Locapour Movement Loses a Star

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I opened a special bottle the other night: Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc 2008, from Glacier Ridge Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. It was everything an Eastern U.S. cab franc should be. It had vibrant medium-deep color, cherry fruit spiced … Continue reading

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Cut to the Front of the Line for Kosta Browne …

If you’re dying to get your hands on some cult California pinot noir, here’s your chance to cut to the front of the line for Kosta Browne’s mail list, and help a good cause to boot! And if you ever … Continue reading

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Not Your Father’s Virginia Wine

Does your impression of Virginia wine date back to an unfortunate taste 10 or 20 years ago, in a store or at a sweltering festival somewhere in hunt country? Mine did, but I kept tasting, as Virginia wines kept getting … Continue reading

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New York on My Mind

I’m a big fan of New York wines. Riesling from the Finger Lakes seems to get better every year, especially as winemakers continue to carve out a distinctive style that speaks of the region’s terroir. Are they particularly German? Well, … Continue reading

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Kathy Morgan – Master Sommelier

Kathryn Morgan became a Master Sommelier last week. This honor, distinction, achievement caps several years of effort in which she sought the highest rank of her profession. She is now the first M.S. in the Washington, D.C., area, though hopefully … Continue reading

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Wine vs. Beer Smackdown!

Wine lovers can spend hours debating wine-food pairings (just one reason we are so boring to our children), and there are certain meals we dismiss as “beer food.” These are usually spicy or cheap, and casual – in other words, … Continue reading

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King Family Takes Top Virginia Honors

This year’s Virginia Governor’s Cup – for red wines, at least – was awarded last Friday to King Family Vineyards for their 2007 Meritage, a stylish Bordeaux blend grown in vineyards just northwest of Charlottesville. Fifteen wineries took gold medals … Continue reading

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Loudoun County – DC’s Bedroom Community AND its Wine Country!

Loudoun County in Northern Virginia has been experiencing the same growth in number of wineries as the state overall. Three of those – Tarara, Boxwood and Sunset Hills – are leading a new wave of quality improvements. Read about new … Continue reading

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Rhode Island Tranquility

It€™s gratifying, being a wine critic and competition judge, to have my initial impressions of a winery validated on a subsequent encounter. I first discovered Newport Vineyards of Rhode Island last year, when their 2007 Riesling won Best of Show … Continue reading

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