Kinkead Ridge 2010 Riesling

I’m fortunate to try some of the best local wines produced each year. I’m well aware, at least in most cases, several of the wines I feature are near impossible to purchase. Blame it on shipping laws, limited production or small marketing budgets, at the end of the day, most of the wines I write aboutRead more

Linden Hardscrabble Chardonnay 2008

If I had the patience to cellar wines, this post would be focused on a vertical of the best Chardonnay in Virginia, rather than a single wine review. Unfortunately, I have little willpower when it comes to Jim Law’s wines, and especially his Hardscrabble Chardonnay. Instead, I feature his 2008, and urge you to readRead more

Barboursville Vineyards Viognier Reserve 2009

I was a skeptic when Virginia announced Viognier as the states signature grape last spring. Signature grapes are great for marketing purposes, but personally, I feel winemakers are still experimenting with different varieties making it difficult to declare a winner. Nonetheless, Virginia Viognier is a personal favorite and one I drink often. Barboursville Vineyards, a winery withRead more

Chaddsford Winery 2005 Merican

One of the iconic wineries on the East Coast, Chaddsford Winery has been producing award-winning wines since their first release in 1983. Heralded winemaker Eric Miller is largely credited with launching a wine industry in Pennsylvania that now boasts more than 100 wineries and counting. Having achieved national acclaim and recognition, Eric’s wines have been featured inRead more

Somerset Ridge Traminette Oktoberfest

A 2010 Jefferson Cup award winner and voted one of the top 20 wines in the country in the white non-vinifera white wine category, the Somerset Ridge Traminette Oktoberfest is a prime example of the ever-changing wine world. Made from the Traminette grape, a Gewürztraminer hybrid, the grape has found a permanent home in the Kansas soilsRead more

Tarara Winery 2008 Nevaeh Red

Founded in 1989 by Whitie and Margaret Hubert, Tarara Winery is a 475 acre farm that stretches along the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. A veteran on the Virginia wine scene, Tarara sources from several of the states best vineyards, including their estate vineyard Nevaeh. I haven’t visited since Jordan Harris joined the team as winemaker, butRead more

Eden Calville Blend Vermont Ice Cider

Originated in Southern Québec, ice cider (or cidre de glace in French) is a dessert wine made from apples and concentrated by natural winter cold. There are two approaches to producing ice wine according to Wikipedia: cryoconcentration and cryoextraction. “Cryoconcentration involves harvesting the fruits late in season and leaving them in fresh storage until late December, when they areRead more