Category Archives: Tasting Notes

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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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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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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May Sweet Wine Selection Democracy Vineyards Republic 2012

Keeping with May’s Nelson County winery theme, this month’s sweet wine comes from our friends at Democracy Vineyards.   Democracy is well in to its fifth year of operation and just opened their tasting room to the public last fall.  Family … Continue reading

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Lovingston 2008 Josie’s Knoll Merlot Monticello Appellation

Despite the volume of Merlot jokes [How do you make a great Merlot?  Use as little as possible] This Bordeaux blender is experiencing a new renaissance. Did it ever really leave?  Four years after the movie Sideway came out Neilson … Continue reading

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Lovingston 2012 Petit Manseng Monticello Appellation

As the outdoor temperatures increase and our grills start to get more active, the white wine side of the wine rack starts to become more active.  One wine that definitely should be pulled from the rack is Lovingston’s 2012 Petit … Continue reading

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Sweet Wine Selection – Mountain Rose Vineyards – Blair White

Working under the banner “From Mines to Wines”, Mountain Rose Vineyards is the first wine grape operation in Wise Virginia.  In an area of the state long known for coal production, David Lawson saw something more.  While he was still … Continue reading

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The Williamsburg Winery 2010 Lord Botetourt Virginia Red

Whether constructing a task force in the office, a baseball team, a choir, or a blended wine, there are two primary questions: is the combination greater than the sum of the parts and, perhaps more importantly how will these components … Continue reading

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The Williamsburg Winery 2011 John Adlum Virginia Chardonnay

As we move into the summer months, Americans tend to move more toward malt beverages [read beer] over wine.  I strongly encourage you not to succumb to this peer pressure.  As this month’s white selection showcases, Virginia wine can be … Continue reading

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