Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2006 Genesis

Over the holidays, I tasted a number of wines from the other 46 states, with a Bordeaux-style blend leaving a lasting impression. The wine, the Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2006 Genesis, is produced by Yonah Mountain Vineyards. I’ve written about their wines a number of times (read more here), and each time I come away more impressed.Read more

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2009 Nachise

Partners Maynard James Keenan and Eric Glomski produce a number of wines from 100% Arizona fruit under their Arizona Stronghold Vineyard label. Well-priced and widely distributed for local wines, the ASV portfolio of wines are a great introduction to the Grand Canyon State. A Rhone blend, the Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2009 Nachise is made upRead more

Keel & Curley Strawberry Riesling

Staying true to my home state and my drink local motto, I recently pulled the cork on a local wine not far from my home base in Orlando. Located in Plant City, Florida, Keel & Curley Winery was started in the spring of 2003 by founder and owner, Joe Keel. A blueberry farmer, Keel decided to tryRead more

Glen Manor 2008 Vin Rouge

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After the classic vintage of 2007, Virginia turned in a typical, if not uneventful vintage in 2008. In a state where quality can vary greatly, I usually turn to winemakers who consistently produce excellent wines no matter the vintage. This is never more evident with Jeff White, Owner and Winemaker of Glen Manor Vineyards. TheRead more

Apple Wine

I’m often asked what I miss most from Virginia. Aside from the four seasons, the history and of course Virginia wine, I often receive a puzzled look when I mention apples. As the cold weather moves in, I often find myself reminiscing about my trips to the farmer markets to get my fill of hotRead more

Yonah Mountain Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay

Blind tastings don’t lie. It’s an opportunity for the underdog to shine, especially in the case of local wine. Usually not given a fighting chance, especially by the mainstream media, a blind tasting removes the regional and label prejudices. So when I read Yonah Mountain Vineyards eked out a victory against the mighty Kistler in a controlledRead more

Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve

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Overshadowed by its bigger brother, the outstanding Octagon, Barboursville Vineyards produces a reserve Cabernet Franc that can stand toe-to-toe with any in the world. The Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Reserve is the house red wine at the world famous “The Inn at Little Washington“, the only Five Star and Five Diamond inn and restaurant in America.Read more