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

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

Chester Gap Cellars 2008 Merlot

When it comes to Virginia wine, the two varieties most mentioned are Viognier (the state’s official wine grape variety) and Cabernet Franc. Both are deserving of the discussion. And just for the record, I’m a fan of both. But for those new to Virginia wine, you would be remiss if you overlook Merlot, a varietyRead 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

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

Hume Vineyards

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I’m often forced to make difficult decisions when it comes to planning my Virginia itinerary. With 200 plus wineries throughout the state, and that number growing each month, it’s a painful selection process. That said I always include the “classics” and make an effort to visit a new and upcoming winery. Since their opening inRead more