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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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June Sweet Wine Selection Horton Vineyards 2011 Rkatsiteli

Dennis Horton is a true Virginia wine character. Over the years, he has continues to innovate in varietal selection and in distribution.  Horton’s Orange County winery is a must see for anyone interested in the Virginia wine industry.  Tasting is … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Stainless Steel Fermentation

Stainless steel tanks are used in variety of tasks in Virginia winemaking.  Most wines will be fermented in these tanks prior to being moved into barrel.  If the wine is not moved into oak, the wine is often referred to … Continue reading

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Dry Mill Vineyards 2012 Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the most planted wine grape in Virginia and the most popular wine sold nationwide.  Worldwide there are over 400,000 acres planted to Chardonnay; that’s 3.75 times the size of Barbados. As a grape it is relatively easy to … Continue reading

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Trump Winery – 2008 Simply Red

Too often in our society we look down on the idea of simple.  We tend to look at simple things as easy to understand and not deserving of significant contemplation.  Trump Winery’s 2008 Simply Red sets that concept on its … Continue reading

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Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery

Loudoun County is Virginia’s richest locality in terms of number of wineries.  One of the newer (2009) entries, Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery is nestled in Virginia Hunt Country, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and despite its relative youth considers … Continue reading

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Trump Winery

In what some might think is a counter intuitive, Charlottesville’s Trump Winery is quietly making big changes a little at a time.  Trump seems to be making all the right moves as they look to grow their Albemarle County winery’s … Continue reading

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