Category Archives: Virginia

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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WINE COUNTRY EVENTS: Virginia — Upcoming Wine Festivals

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As Virginia grape growers and wineries begin their transition into the harvest season, so, too, are they preparing to sample and sell their bottlings at various wine festivals around the state.  A growing number of craft brewers are participating in these festivals, … Continue reading

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SUMMER WINE PICK: Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery | White Table Wine | Virginia | 2011 | $14

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The agonizing heat and humidity gripping the East Coast this summer has sent us running for the relief of relaxed and refreshing white wines to sip and serve with light meals and shady picnics.  We didn’t have to venture too far down the road to … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery | Stafford, Virginia

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We recently happened upon Potomac Point Winery while driving along the back roads of Virginia, and what a pleasant discovery it was.  Located just 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., and only about a mile west of the Potomac River, Potomac Point produces a … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Bluemont Vineyard | Merlot | Loudoun County | Virginia | 2010 | $20 | 87 pts

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Aromas:  expressive, with notes of ripe blueberry, damson plum, & a dusting of black pepper Character:  dry; medium bodied; easy-going, plump & juicy; creamy texture; light tannins & acidity; subtle, sweet oak Flavors:  rich, with notes of mixed berry compote, vanilla bean, bell pepper … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: Philip Carter Winery of Virginia | Fauquier County | Virginia

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In our last Virginia Corner posting – October is Virginia Wine Month! – we discussed how close the Virginia wine industry has come to realizing Thomas Jefferson’s musing that “we could in the United States make as great a variety of wines … Continue reading

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VIRGINIA CORNER: October is Virginia Wine Month!

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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. It’s also a good time to reflect on Thomas Jefferson’s dream … Continue reading

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Virginia Corner: Selections from the Old Dominion

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Two hundred years after Thomas Jefferson planted a vineyard on his estate, Monticello – driven by his vision that the United States could “make as great a variety of wines as are made in Europe, not exactly of the same … Continue reading

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