Industry News

Virginia Wines Visit London Great recap of the London Wine & Spirits Fair in the Washington Post by Mary Jordan. Several Virginia wineries participated and impressed. Ohio’s Henke Winery Wines Best in State The 2008 Henke Riesling wins best in show. North Carolina Wine TV North Carolina Wine TV is an online video show hostedRead more


In continuation of the blind tasting events held two weekends ago (see my earlier post), the finale included one of my favorite red grape varieties, Cabernet Franc. An up and coming variety, especially on the East Coast, Cabernet Franc continues to receive praise from wine writers and awards at competitions. In similar fashion to theRead more

A Staycation to Wine Country

The economy has upset many industries, but not the Ohio wine industry. The Columbus Dispatch recently published an article ‘Staycation’ trend helping Ohio vintners which discusses how wine sales are up in the area. As an employee in the hospitality industry, staycations have become the norm. Has your family decided to staycation instead of vacationRead more

The Local Pour

I’ve just added a new initiative to my growing list for 2009, convince at least one Orlando restaurant to carry a local pour. Maybe not the easiest task in the sunshine state considering my options include Muscadine and fruit wines, but I’m an optimist when it comes to wine. Heck, I’d be happy if IRead more

Raspberry Merlot

Every now and then I come across a wine I don’t want to share, not even with friends and family. I happened to open such a bottle last night, a Fabbioli Cellars Raspberry Merlot. Fabbioli Cellars is located in Leesburg, Virginia, on the Loudoun Wine Trail. A small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery,Read more

A Quick Sip

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to taste the 2007 Persimmon Creek Vineyards Cabernet Franc. Persimmon Creek is located in Clayton, Georgia, situated along the vineyard’s namesake Persimmon Creek. A small boutique winery, 22 acres are planted to Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Fortunately, I arrived just in time to have aRead more

A Viognier Blind Tasting

I hosted my first blind tastings over the weekend, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. A fan of the blind format, I was excited to put my palate to the test and hear the feedback from friends and family. A quick disclaimer, blind tastings are ADDICTIVE! From wine newbies to dedicated oenophiles, the format provides for greatRead more