Monthly Archives: June 2012

James River Cellars 2011 Chambourcin

Within a stone’s throw of our State capital near the interlocking web of Route 1 off ramps sits an unassuming Tuscan inspired house whose function belies its form for this house is the home to one of Virginia’s hidden winery … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – June 2012

Thank you to the many club members that came out to Vintage Virginia and stopped by the booth or the Top 5 Tasting Tent to say hello.  Festivals are a great time to reconnect.July is somewhat the halftime of the … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Zork

The ZORK is trade name for a combination closure and pull-off capsule. It is, easy to remove by hand and simple to reseal. Made from 100% recyclable food-grade polymers, ZORK wine closures do not taint wine or scalp its flavors. … Continue reading

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Cooper Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay

As we turn the calendar to summer, I find myself drawn to stainless steel fermented Chardonnay over oaked Chardonnay on a regular basis.  It is much more difficult to hide wine making errors in a stainless steel chard wile well … Continue reading

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Fabbioli Cellars 2010 Paco Rojo

Winemaker Doug Fabbioli is famous for sharing the limelight.  He firmly believes his wines are the result not only of the winemaker but also the vineyard and winery team as well as the vines and their root stocks.  To that … Continue reading

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Cooper Vineyards

If you don’t know where you are going how will you ever know when you get there?  The original goal of the winery founders and current owners, Jeff Cooper and Jacque Hogge, was to create small lots of unique wines … Continue reading

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Fabbioli Cellars

Located in Loudoun County, the richest winery county in the state, Fabbioli Cellars is the embodiment of the dream Doug Fabbioli and his wife Colleen.  Their concept of “Real People, Earth Friendly, and Fabulous wines.” is much more than a … Continue reading

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Chestnut Oak Petit Manseng 2010

Blessed with a vineyard in the richest American Viticultural Area in the state (Monticello), this Barboursville based producer focuses on small bathes of hand crafted wines.  By utilizing Michael Shaps’ Virginia Wineworks custom crush facility, Chestnut Oak has the luxury … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note May 2012

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The only way to have a friend is to be one”. Here at the VWJ we are very lucky to have made so many friendships across Virginia Wine. If you’re a “fan” of ours on Facebook … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Gravity Flow Winery Design

The idea behind a gravity flow winery is to reduce the number of times the wine must be stressed by pumping or pushing.  By building in steps the wine “free flows” to its next destination rather than pumping. Generally the … Continue reading

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