Monthly Archives: August 2012

Vin-cab-ulary – Cooking with wine

I love to cook and people often ask me about cooking with wine. Rather than speaking from my personal experience I thought I would quote a cooking professional about the issue.  Linda Stradley of What’s Cooking America writes: “The first … Continue reading

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Willowcroft Harmony Virginia White Wine 2011

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor Some wines are exceedingly versatile as a pairing wine that will go well with just about anything and other wines are best served in a particular setting.  The 2001 Harmony from Willowcroft Farm Winery is … Continue reading

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August 2012 Editor’s Note

There are few things I like better than spending time with members of the Virginia Wine Club.  Invariably, I learn something with each and every conversation. While I love catching up with the large group of you on Facebook, there … Continue reading

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Willowcroft Chardonnay Reserve 2011

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor Just prior to shipping this wine, Virginia will be experiencing a “Blue Moon” a fourth full moon of a season (they usually have just 3).  While rare, Blue Moons do come with some regularity. Such … Continue reading

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Willowcroft Cabernet Franc 2008

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor Virginia Cabernet Franc can be something like the balance beam in the Summer Olympics, when you hit it right it looks clean and effortless but just a small touch off balance negatively impacts the overall … Continue reading

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Willowcroft Farm Vineyards

By. Neil Williamson – VWJ Editor Not all that long ago, Leesburg was a sleepy hamlet on the way to Harper’s Ferry.  This was the setting when Lew Parker founded Willowcroft Farm Winery during Ronald Regan’s first term.  Mt. Gilead … Continue reading

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2011 West Wind Riesling

2011 West Wind Farm Riesling  The 2011 West Wind Farm Riesling is a great example of what can be done with this German grape in Southwest Virginia.  Very light straw color in the glass, the nose is filled with pineapple … Continue reading

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West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery – Max Meadow, VA (Wythe County) Wythe County in Southwest Virginia has been referred to as God’s country.  Much of the county lies in a beautiful, expansive valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains on … Continue reading

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July 2012 Vincabulary – Waiter’s Key

Waiter’s Key  In 1795, the first corkscrew patent was granted to the Reverend Samuell Henshall, in England. A standard corkscrew consists of a pointed metal helix (also called the “worm” attached to a handle.  The user twists the helix into … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – July 2012

By. Neil Williamson, VWJ Editor One of the joys of working in the Virginia wine industry is the rhythm of the growing season.  July usually finds winemakers in their cellars bottling the last of their previous vintage white wines to … Continue reading

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