Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vincabulary-Terroir (tɛrwar)

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor Terroir is a French “borrow”  word used to refer to the general characteristics a place impart on the taste of either wine or coffee. It is commonly used in English, and so may be seen … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – Backstage at the Virginia Wine Club

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor This week marked the end of winter.  Did I miss it?  It is hard to believe we are seeing leaves popping out of the vines and festival season is headed into full force. The Virginia … Continue reading

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Tarara Three Vineyards Chardonnay 2010

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor Chardonnay is Virginia wine’s litmus test.  Since Chardonnay is Virginia’s most planted wine grape (by far) if a winery can make a wine of distinction from this ubiquitous grape, the winery is worth watching.  I … Continue reading

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Tarara Long Bomb Edition Three 2009

By. Neil Williamson, Editor Which do you prefer “The Long Bomb” or “The Hail Mary”, one seems much more positive speaking to the high risk and high reward while the latter (although the same play in football) seems to be … Continue reading

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Tarara Winery

Tarara Winery It has often been said (and written) that wine is about a place and a specific time in that place. This is the concept behind the French borrow word “Terroir” [see vincabulary]. I must disagree. While the land, … Continue reading

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Vincabulary Lesson

Vincabulary – Delastage (‘dehl-luh-STAJ’) Delestage is a two-step “rack-and-return” process in which fermenting red wine juice is separated from the grape solids by racking and then returned to the fermenting vat to re-soak the solids. This step is then repeated … Continue reading

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White Hall Vineyards 2009 Merlot

I will have to admit a bit of a tasting prejudice when it comes to Merlot.  I find that alone the grape can be a bit like a business dinner meeting – nice enough but kind of boring. This is … Continue reading

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White Hall Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white wine grapes in the Old Dominion.  While it does perform fairly well in our climate it also provides a great opportunity in the winery to influence the final flavor profile. This … Continue reading

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