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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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Church Creek Merlot 2011 Produced by Chatham Vineyards

Section 4.23 of the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) wine law specifies that to use the name of a single grape variety on a wine label, the wine must contain 75% of that grape type.  While … Continue reading

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Church Creek Chardonnay Steel 2012 Produced by Chatham Vineyards

When little to no oak aging occurs, (as in this “steel” version) Chardonnay leans to be more crisp and fresh. Winemakers say it is much harder to hide a flaw in an unoaked Chardonnay because the truth is there for … Continue reading

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Chatham Vineyards – Church Creek Wines

Wine making education programs (UC-Davis, Virginia Tech, etc.) can provide a fantastic understanding of the science of wine but the best way to learn how to grow wine is experience.  Chatham Vineyards Winemaker Jon Wehner is a second-generation winegrower on … Continue reading

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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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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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