Monthly Archives: December 2012

Extra Red Wine Gabriele Rausse Rosso (Non Vintage)

Whether they know it or not, every wine consumer has a “house” red wine; the agreeable, approachable wine that you always want to have a bottle or two around.  Gabriele Rausse Rosso is a great house wine. In the glass … Continue reading

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Sweet Wine Selection Lake Side Red N.V.–Lake Anna Winery

Spotsylvania County is home to Lake Anna Winery a beautiful stop in the heart of Virginia.  The Lake Side Red is a blend of 75% Muscat Hamburg, 13% Merlot, 12% Chambourcin. In the glass, this wine presents a medium ruby … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note Holiday Whining

As the holiday’s grow near, many folks worry about what to get for those folks either you know have everything they need or you know you need to get a gift for but you don’t know well enough to know … Continue reading

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Vin-cab-u-lary Racking

Racking is an essential part to making any sound wine. It is a process that, on average, should be performed 2 to 4 times throughout the winemaking process. Doing so in a timely manner will aid in the clarification of … Continue reading

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Gabriele Rausse 2010 Albemarle County Vin Gris de Pinot Noir

Virginia is NOT known for its Pinot Noir.  The grape grows well enough in this climate but it grows in what viticulturalists call a tight fist.  This arrangement of the fruit’s berries creates a hotbed for powdery mildew as well … Continue reading

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Gabriele Rausse 2011 Merlot

Recently, some winemakers have referred to Merlot as the “sissy” grape.  Taken at face value a varetially accurate Merlot (especially from the 2011 vintage) can be thin and weak in the midpalate.  These words do not describe Gabriele Rausse’s 2011 … Continue reading

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Gabriele Rausse Winery

It would be difficult to find anyone in the modern Virginia Wine industry with seven degrees of separation from the “Father” of the modern Virginia industry Gabriele Rausse. Already recognized with lifetime achievement award from the Virginia Wineries Association and … Continue reading

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November Sweet Wine Selection Rapidan River Raspberry Rose’

A delightfully light, sweet Rose’ is a blend of Riesling and a touch of Merlot blended with Natural Raspberry Juice.  The flavor profile includes Strawberry undertones along with the dominant raspberry notes.  The Riesling and Merlot were fermented separately and … Continue reading

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VINCABULARY – Charmat Method

There are a number of ways to create a sparkling wine.  The enclosed Barboursville Brut is made in the Charmat or Metodo Italiano method. Used widely in Italy, the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – December 2012

Wow have we been bustling this holiday season.  With members shipping sampler packs and subscriptions to family and friends, this December looks to be our busiest in many years. Remember, even as you receive this shipment there is still time … Continue reading

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