Linden’s Hardscrabble Chardonnay

One of my favorite wineries in Virginia, Linden Vineyards, produces a Chardonnay that easily rivals its higher priced competition from Napa Valley. The Hardscrabble Chardonnay, produced by Jim Law (owner and winemaker), is consistently outstanding in every vintage. Linden Vineyards is in the upper echelon of Virginia wineries and is a “must visit” when exploringRead more

A Massachusetts Chardonnay

This past weekend I opened a Chardonnay received from Marco Montez, owner and winemaker of Travessia Urban Winery. Located in downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts, Travessia is an urban winery focused on producing wines from grapes grown exclusively in Massachusetts. Sourcing its grapes from Running Brook Vineyards, the 2007 vintage includes Chardonnay and Vidal Blanc. TwoRead more

Breaux Vineyards 2002 Merlot Reserve

Before I recap my trip to Virginia and Maryland this past week, I wanted to catch up on a few wine reviews from my previous trip to Virginia. Tonight’s review features the 2002 Reserve Merlot from Breaux Vineyards. A perennial favorite and one of the top producers in the state, Breaux Vineyards is located inRead more

Too Commercial?

Over the past year, I’ve noticed a growing, disturbing trend at some Virginia wineries. Commercialization. Before I continue, a full disclaimer, I have nothing against weddings, dinners, and special events at wineries. What I have a problem with is the prioritization and attention given to these extra-curricular activities. I visit wineries for one simple reason,Read more

Maryland’s Boordy Vineyards

It’s been quiet on this week for a good reason. I’m up visiting Virginia and Maryland wine countries and tasting the states best offerings. I decided to take a quick break from the wine and cheese to write up a review. Last night I had the opportunity to sample my first Maryland wine, a 2007Read more

The 2009 Maryland Governor’s Cup

The new kid on the block, Black Ankle Vineyards, has won their second Governor’s Cup in as many years. The soon-to-be-released 2007 Crumbling Rock follows its predecessor, the 2006 Crumbling Rock, in winning Maryland’s top prize. The Crumbling Rock is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Situated on theRead more

A Minnesota Marquette

In celebration of the 2009 International Cold Climate Wine Competition (ICCWC) focusing on cold-hardy varieties, I decided to pour the Fieldstone Vineyards Marquette from Minnesota. The Marquette was awarded a gold medal at the inaugural competition which included 315 Cold Climate wines from commercial wineries in 16 states including Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia,Read more