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November Sweet Wine Shenandoah Vineyards Lot 11 Shenandoah Valley Sweet Serenade N.V.

In building this sweet white wine Shenandoah Vineyards smartly kept the sweetness balanced with acidity.  In the glass, this wine presents a goldenrod yellow hue.  The floral nose includes elements of citrus.  The balanced attack leads to a viscose midpalate … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Soil Moisture

The best vineyard soils are those that permit deep and spreading root growth and provide a moderate supply of water, released incrementally over time (Seguin, 1986). Soils to be avoided include those that are compacted and severely restrict rooting, soils … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Once exclusively a blending grape, Cabernet Franc has come of age as an independent varietal.  One of two red grapes seeking to be Virginia’s red wine (Norton being the other), Cabernet Franc grows exceedingly well in the Old Dominion and … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Vineyards

The agricultural prowess of the Shenandoah Valley was a primary driver to the 1730’s settlement of German and Scotch-Irish immigrants. In 1976, Jim and Emma Randel looked at the fertile soils on their property and began Shenandoah Vineyards. Based on … Continue reading

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Elk Island 2012 Sweet Naked Norton

Elk Island Winery is named for the 1,300 acre island in the James River, originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Elk Hill farm, adjacent to the vineyard.  Paul and Sue Anne Klinefelter believe strongly in rural life, agriculture and wine.  Their … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – High Density Vineyards

In wine regions of France, the growing of wine grapes arose from a culture in which everything was done by hand. When vineyards were replanted after phylloxera, spacing between rows was often just sufficient for humans, and horses, to pass … Continue reading

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Church Creek Cabernet Franc 2011 Produced by Chatham Vineyards

One of the delights to living in Virginia is the changing of the seasons.  Along with the brisk mornings and the changing leaves, red wine sales tend to pick up markedly in the autumn. Cabernet Franc is another Virginian delight. … Continue reading

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