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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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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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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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