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December Sweet Wine – Rapidan River Blackberry

Rapidan River, a secondary label for Prince Michel Vineyards, has a little known but rich history.  The house on the original Rapidan property was used as a civil war hospital; cannonballs and personal artifacts were routinely discovered as the vineyard … Continue reading

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Shenandoah Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Once exclusively a blending grape, Cabernet Franc has come of age as an independent varietal.  One of two red grapes seeking to be Virginia’s red wine (Norton being the other), Cabernet Franc grows exceedingly well in the Old Dominion and … 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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Boneyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

All winemakers know that farming is at the heart of all wine growing.  You are always at the mercy of Mother Nature. 2011 was a bit of a challenge for winegrowing but as this wine shows vineyard management can make … Continue reading

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Boneyard White 2011

In launching a new wine label, Tarara Winery looked to their “Boneyard” for inspiration.  The Boneyard is the field where old equipment goes to sit (and be used for spare parts).  In developing the inaugural Boneyard White blend Winemaker Jordan … Continue reading

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Editor’s Note – Winemaking and the Weatherman

If you really want to get a Virginia winemaker started, ask about the climatic challenges in the Old Dominion. Several years ago, I participated in a program that placed South African winemaking interns in Monterrey California and Central Virginia wineries.  … Continue reading

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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

[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 Editor’s Note

Wow – Thank you to all the Virginia Wine Club members who stopped in to say hello at Vintage Virginia earlier this month.  I hosted the sold out Top 5 tasting tent where we tasted 42 different wines (twice) each … 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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