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MUSE VINEYARDS Clio 2012 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 92 Points | “Highly Recommended” 2012 is the fourth vintage bottling of Muse Vineyards’ flagship Bordeaux varietal blend, “Clio,” and a composition of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and … Continue reading

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MUSE VINEYARDS Thalia 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 90 Points | “Highly Recommended” A blend of Marsanne (50%), Roussanne (40%), and Viognier (10%), the 2015 Thalia is aromatically complex and fresh on the palate, with velvety viscosity and quenching acidity. Aromas … Continue reading

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CrossKeys Vineyards: Wines with a Sense of Place in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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A revelation as to the promises of grape growing and winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley came to us in 2015, when we visited Muse Vineyards in the town of Woodstock, in historic Shenandoah County, and tasted their Virginia Governor’s Cup-winning … Continue reading

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CROSSKEYS VINEYARDS Touriga 2015 Shenandoah Valley, Virginia 87 Points | “Recommended” Crafted from the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional (a common blending grape in Port wine), this plump, medium-bodied red offers savory aromas and flavors of black fruit, tobacco, nutmeg, and … Continue reading

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WINERY NEWS: Muse Vineyards Opens New Tasting Room in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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Muse Vineyards, which we introduced to you early this year (click here for feature review), is opening its new Tasting Room to the public on Friday, November 25, 2016, the day after Thanksgiving, at noon. Muse is a family-owned winery tucked … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Clio | Shenandoah Valley | Virginia | 2011 | $35 | 91 Points

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“Highly Recommended” Muse Vineyards’ 2011 “Clio” is third in a lineage of fine Bordeaux varietal blends the winery has been producing on its bucolic Shenandoah Valley estate since 2009. It follows the successes of Muse’s 2009 Clio — the winery’s … Continue reading

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Muse Vineyards | Raising the Bar for Winemaking in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley

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We have traveled up and down the historic Shenandoah Valley, in western Virginia, for many years. The valley is rich with mountain scenery, quaint agrarian towns, a four seasons (including ski) resort, and a growing number of wineries — now … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: James River Cellars | Reserve Chardonnay | Virginia | NV | $18 | 88 pts

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Family-owned and operated James River Cellars, located just north of Richmond, produces a thoughtful selection of single- varietal and blended wines from vitis vinifera and French-American hybrids farmed in nearby Montpelier, Virginia. Their Reserve Chardonnay is among our favorites, and … Continue reading

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PICK of VIRGINIA WINE COUNTRY: Early Mountain Vineyards

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The rolling hills around Charlottesville, Virginia, are glorious this time of year.  It is springtime in the Virginia Piedmont – Jefferson’s beloved countryside and home to many of the state’s 250 wineries that endeavor to fulfill the founder’s vision.  Among these is Early … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Saudé Creek Vineyards | Chardonnay Reserve | Virginia | NV | $27 | 88 pts

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Saudé Creek Vineyards is located on the Pamunkey River in New Kent County, Virginia, about halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg in the state’s Tidewater region.  The winery produces a thoughtful selection of red and white wines from both French-American hybrid varieties and traditional vinifera varieties.  … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE: Highlights from Virginia Wine Month at the “Taste of Culpeper”

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October is Virginia Wine Month, and the time is ripe for visiting Virginia wineries, learning about grape growing and winemaking in the state, and most importantly, tasting Virginia wines.  In celebration of this special time of year — and in … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA WINE REVIEW: Selections from Rockbridge Vineyard

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Family-owned and operated Rockbridge Vineyard is located in Raphine, Virginia, on the north side of Rockbridge County about midway between Staunton and Lexington, in the Shenandoah Valley.  Here owner/winemaker Shepherd (“Shep”) Rouse tends 17 acres of estate vineyards at an elevation of 2,000 … Continue reading

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