Category Archives: Bordeaux-Inspired Blend

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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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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PICK of the RACK: Mascota Vineyards | Unánime | Gran Vino Tinto | Mendoza | Argentina | 2011 | $25 | 92 Points

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“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” Unánime is a perennial favorite of ours this time of year, as it is a rich and savory red that serves well in transitioning into cooler fall weather. The 2011 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec … Continue reading

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PICK of WINE COUNTRY: Lailey Vineyard | Niagara-on-the-Lake | Ontario | Canada

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During our spring break trip to Niagara Falls — on the Canadian side — we ventured up the picturesque Niagara Parkway into Niagara wine country and paid a visit to Lailey Vineyard. Lailey is located just outside of the town … 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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GREAT VALUE ALERT: Lost Sonnet Meritage | Napa Valley | California | 2007 | $10 | 84 pts

For those of you who are fortunate to have a Trader Joe’s store nearby (in a state that allows them to sell wine), try a bottle of this pleasant red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (22%), and Cabernet Franc (20%).  As … Continue reading

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