Chester Gap Cellars Viognier

When done right, e.g., not over oaked, Virginia Viognier can stand up against the best in the world. Unfortunately, I taste too many that fall in the latter category, which is disappointing, especially considering the potential of the variety in the state. Fortunately there are plenty of producers who clearly have navigated the oak trap andRead more

Chester Gap Cellars

Don’t be fooled by the unassuming entrance to Chester Gap Cellars. In fact, if you don’t pay close attention, you may miss some of the best views and wines the state has to offer. Located just off route 522 (literally), Chester Gap sits at over 1000 feet elevation at the northern tip of Rappahannock County, Virginia.Read more

Breaux Palate

I usually steer clear from writing about wines that are released only to club members, in other words, not released to the general public. But there are exceptions, and today’s wines were too good not to share. Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Sales and Hospitality Director for Breaux Vineyards, sent me 4 wines only available to theirRead more

DrinkLocalWine.com 2010 Conference: Twitter Tweet-Up

A few weeks prior to the DrinkLocalWine.com conference, a few of us tossed around the idea of a Twitter Tweet-Up in Virginia. Jennifer Breaux Blosser, Director of Sales and Hospitality at Breaux Vineyards, jumped on board and rolled out the red carpet for our small group this past Saturday. Anyone who follows my blog, knowsRead more

Quality Over Quantity

I had the opportunity to meet Rob Beecham, COO of Beecham Builders, and also part of the leadership team at Montaluce Winery and Estates late last year in Orlando. Down visiting Disney World, I welcomed the chance to meet up and discuss Montaluce and their first vintage. Montaluce is the first of its kind inRead more

The Streak Continues…

Make it three for three for Colorado wineries. In celebration of the long holiday weekend, I opened two bottles received from Allis Ranch Winery, a boutique winery on the Front Range of Colorado near Sedalia. A sustainable winery focused on Rhone varieties using small-lot vinification, all grapes are sourced from growers on the western slopeRead more

Keswick Vineyards

The next stop on the Monticello Wine Trail included a visit to Keswick Vineyards. Located at the historic 400-acre Edgewood Estate in Keswick, Virginia, the winery was recently awarded the 2009 Virginia Governor’s Cup for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (see my earlier post on the Governor’s Cup). Keswick offers two tastings, a regular ($5) andRead more