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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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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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