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Chairman Virginia Wine Club Tasting Panel Editor, Virginia Wine Journal

Boneyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

All winemakers know that farming is at the heart of all wine growing.  You are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. 2011 was a bit of a challenge for winegrowing but as this wine shows vineyard management can make … Continue reading

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Boneyard Red 2011

Many Virginia winemakers know winemaking in not only both an art and a science; it is also about the art of the possible.  It is a matter of balancing what the fruit gives you and how you can balance that … Continue reading

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Boneyard White 2011

In launching a new wine label, Tarara Winery looked to their “Boneyard” for inspiration.  The Boneyard is the field where old equipment goes to sit (and be used for spare parts).  In developing the inaugural Boneyard White blend Winemaker Jordan … Continue reading

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The Boneyard Collection

In the world of wines, there are many paths to launching a new brand.  In the case of this case, the Boneyard Collection can trace its parentage to the talented winemakers and winegrowers at Tarara Winery but this concept is … Continue reading

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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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