Tag Archives: Virginia

Virginia’s record wine sales show the Old Dominion’s for real

Maybe this regional wine thing is for real after all. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell announced this week that Virginia wineries sold nearly 485,000 cases of wine in 2012, a new record. Virginia wine sales have risen by an average of … Continue reading

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It all begins with an idea …

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History will unveil a new exhibit next week called “FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.” A major part of this exhibit – which anyone who eats or drinks should visit – covers the … Continue reading

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Virginia wins a key British endorsement

Steven Spurrier came to Virginia and liked what he saw — and what he tasted. “Virginia makes the kind of wines I like to drink,” Spurrier said at the inaugural Virginia Wine Summit held in Richmond earlier this month. Coming … Continue reading

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Oh well, back to blogging …

Fall has turned cold. It’s definitely football weather. And apple cider weather, too. Apples are at their best this time of year, so I eat many more than in other seasons. Cider, of course, is not as perishable – that’s … Continue reading

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Early Mountain Vineyards makes a case for Virginia wine

Steve and Jean Case threw a grand opening party for their Early Mountain Vineyards winery on Saturday, showcasing their renovated property and their innovative vision for promoting not just their own wines, but Virginia’s best from other producers as well. … Continue reading

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Virginia allows corkage – but does anybody know that?

When a customer brought his own wine to Maplewood Grill in Vienna on New Year’s Eve, owner Marcel Kuchler smelled a rat. “You don’t want to mess around with the [Alcohol Beverage Control],” he said. “They send undercover people around … 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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At Trump Winery – Renovations, not demolitions

When Donald Trump purchased the former Kluge Estate winery last April at a bankruptcy auction, speculation ran rampant over what would become of Virginia’s largest vineyard property. Trump gained an operating winery with about 220 acres planted to vines on … Continue reading

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Is Virginia wine about to meet the Internet age? In Case you were wondering …

Much buzz in the Virginia wine industry this year has focused on Donald Trump’s purchase of Kluge Estate winery at a bankruptcy auction. But there’s been a stealth acquisition north of Charlottesville, as Steve and Jean Case of AOL fame … Continue reading

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Worth Reading This Week: Wooooooo Boy! Expensive wine critics, cheap wine, and tons and tons of methane …

Here’s my weekly offerings of what’s worth reading on the wine blahgosphere – and boy, this week’s a doozy! We begin with “Campogate” – the controversy over the resignation of Jay Miller from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. It seems little-known … Continue reading

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