Monthly Archives: July 2013

July Sweet Wine Selection Stone Mountain Vineyards Bacon Hollow Revenuers’ Select

Located in an area of Greene County long known for moonshine “We pump the sunshine in and the moonshine out” according to local lore; Stone Mountain Vineyards created this wine as a tribute to the moonshiners and the revenuers who … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – Winemaking and the Weatherman

If you really want to get a Virginia winemaker started, ask about the climatic challenges in the Old Dominion. Several years ago, I participated in a program that placed South African winemaking interns in Monterrey California and Central Virginia wineries.  … Continue reading

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Vincabulary: Terroir

Terroir is a French term that literally translated means: earth, or soil. However, there is no such thing as a literal translation of anything French. In a larger context, wine tasters try to define terroir as the specificity of place, … Continue reading

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Prince Michel Vineyards NV Merlot-Cabernet Reserve

With advancements in technology, enology is quite the science but it is in the blending of wines that winemakers express the art of the profession.  This is clearly the case in the Merlot Cabernet blend from Prince Michel.  By blending … Continue reading

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Prince Michel Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay

While it is the most grown wine grape varietal in the world, Chardonnay is also the most expressive of terrior [see vincabulary].  Prince Michel Vineyards 2010 Chardonnay is a welcome addition to any summer picnic. Virginia’s 2010 vintage featured an … Continue reading

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Prince Michel Vineyards

[Full Disclosure – the author worked for Prince Michel Vineyards from 1999-2002] Energy, enthusiasm and integrity abound at Prince Michel Vineyards.  As one of the largest wineries in the state, Prince Michel continues to innovate to provide patrons with unique … Continue reading

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June Editor’s Note

Wow – Thank you to all the Virginia Wine Club members who stopped in to say hello at Vintage Virginia earlier this month.  I hosted the sold out Top 5 tasting tent where we tasted 42 different wines (twice) each … Continue reading

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