Monthly Archives: June 2012

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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Rosemont of Virginia Lake County Red (non-vintage)

Over the years, non vintage wines seem to have received an unfair rap against them.  It is a little known fact than many non vintage wines have exclusively one vintage in them. A winery may choose to label a wine … Continue reading

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Rosemont of Virginia 2011 Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio and Pinto Gris come from the exact same grape but are vastly different wines.  The Italian style Pinot Grigio (such as this vintage) is known for its light, crisp acidity while Pinot Gris (as the French do in … Continue reading

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Rosemont of Virginia

Even as the Virginia wine industry grows to over 200 farm wineries, it is still an industry where people really do know and genuinely like each other. So it was not unexpected to be warmly greeted when we ran into … Continue reading

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