Heritage Vineyards, 100% Jersey

One of the few remaining states to restrict direct-to-consumer shipments, New Jersey wineries have been mired in a battle to legalize direct shipping. Several bills are in play and I encourage my New Jersey readers to write your legislators today. Already the seventh-largest wine-producing state, New Jersey winemaking is the fastest-growing segment of state agriculture, accordingRead more

Somerset Ridge Vineyard and Winery

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll remember my prior review of the Smoky Hills Merlot, a wine produced from grapes grown outside of the state (We’re Not in Kansas Anymore). It’s no secret that I’m not a proponent of this practice and would prefer wineries source grapes from within the state. Be it a hybridRead more

Canyon Wind Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

With the summer months upon us and the warm weather here to stay, it’s an ideal time to begin exploring the popular, versatile, Sauvignon Blanc. The perfect warm-weather wine, Sauvignon Blancs range in flavor from grassy to mineraly to fruity. An alternative to the popular Chardonnay, the variety is starting to gain a footfold in someRead more

Kinkead Ridge 2008 Syrah

Syrah is renowned throughout the Rhône Valley in France, famous across Australia (Shiraz) and continues to grow in popularity in California. So imagine my surprise when I pulled the cork on a varietal Syrah from Ohio. You read correctly, Ohio! The Syrah hails from Kinkead Ridge Vineyard and Winery, located in Ripley, Ohio. I’ve ravedRead more

Linden Vineyards 2008 Claret

I could easily start this post off with one more reason to visit Linden Vineyards in Virginia. I’ve reviewed more wines from Linden than any other winery on this site. In case you need a primer, be sure to read more about Linden Vineyards here. I could tell you about their great winemaker Jim Law.Read more

Gray Ghost Victorian Red

With the Wine Bloggers Conference right around the corner, I may have a slight bias towards Virginia wines for the next two months. Plus, considering it’s in the state I was born and raised, all the more reason to drink Virginia wine and share my thoughts on the current state of the industry (and trustRead more

Dr. Konstantin Frank Salmon Run 2009 Riesling

Igniting the “Vinifera Revolution” in the Finger Lakes, Dr. Konstantin Frank is widely credited with elevating the New York wine industry to levels that now rival the greatest wine producing regions in the world (IMHO). In 1962, Dr. Frank founded Vinifera Wine Cellars, and quickly built a reputation for excellent Rieslings. Fast forward to 1993, theRead more