Monthly Archives: September 2013

Vincabulary – Veraison

Veraison is the period of the beginning of berry ripening. The berries become soft and take on the colors characteristic of their specific varieties.  From the beginning of veraison to harvest, the berries will increase in volume, weight, and sugar … Continue reading

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August 2013 Sweet Wine Selection – Barboursville Vineyards Phileo N.V.

Founded in the year of our nation’s bicentennial, Barboursville Vineyards has established itself as one of the Commonwealth’s best.  Awarded the 2013 Governor’s Cup for its Octagon blend, Winemaker Luca Pashina and wine grower Fernado Franco continue their rich tradition … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – August 2013

Just last week, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that Virginia wineries sold more than 511,000 cases in the fiscal year that ended June 30. The previous record was nearly 485,000 cases sold in fiscal 2012. Export sales jumped more than 74 … Continue reading

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The Hague Winery 2011 Chardonel

Chardonel (Plant patent 7860) was originally created at Cornell University in 1953.  Over the years this relatively cold hearty grape has proven to be a winner across the northern states (including Michigan and Ohio) but really thrives in longer growing … Continue reading

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Hume Vineyards 2011 Merlot

Known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal, the Merlot grape traces its ancestry to the biturica variety in the first century. The “Merlot” grape was not named as a distinct variety until the 1800s. Merlot tends to be more tolerant of … Continue reading

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Hume Vineyards

Make no mistake wine is at the center of Stephane and Andrea Baldi’s vision of Hume Vineyards. Just after their opening, co-owner Stephane told the Fauquier Times Democrat “Our focus is on having the whole, intimate experience where when you … Continue reading

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The Hague Winery

Virginia’s George Washington’s Birthplace American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. The verdant land of these peninsulas provides sandy loam soil and a temperate climate year round. In … Continue reading

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