Monthly Archives: February 2013

February Sweet Wine Selection – Molliver Vineyards Vin Chocolate N.V.

In honor of St. Valentine, we thought a Chocolate wine would be an early spring delight.  Ruby color in the glass, the nose is filled with coca beans.  The slightly viscose attack is well balanced with darker chocolate influences.  The … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Vineyard Cycles

“Grapevines are deciduous plants. In late autumn, triggered by short days, petioles detach from the shoot and leaf drop occurs. The vines can no longer manufacture carbohydrates through the process of photosynthesis and are storing carbohydrates in the form of … Continue reading

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February Editor’s Note – March Madness

While the NCAA made the term March Madness famous, wineries experience a different kind of early spring craziness.  In many ways it is the calm before the storm. Wineries are also ordering glass and labels for the mid spring bottlings … Continue reading

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Afton Mountain Vineyards 2011 Gewürztraminer

Pronounced guh-VOORTS-truh-MEE-nur, this grape takes its name from the German word for spicy “Gewurtz” and the village of “Tramin” in Italy’s Tryol. While often a polarizing wine worldwide, I have found Virginia Gewürztraminer to be fairly well accepted as an … Continue reading

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Afton Mountain Vineyards Mountain Red, N.V.

Just as there are some friends who would never dream of accepting just a handshake as a greeting, some wines grab you with both hands and engage you in a much more engaging hello hug.  Afton Mountain Vineyards Mountain Red … Continue reading

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Afton Mountain Vineyards

By. Neil Williamson, Editor, Virginia Wine Journal Set roughly halfway up Afton Mountain, the vineyards have a great backdrop of the Southwest Mountains in the distance. The “Tasting House” is situated near the eastern boundary of the property. The terrace … Continue reading

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