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Shenandoah Vineyards

The agricultural prowess of the Shenandoah Valley was a primary driver to the 1730’s settlement of German and Scotch-Irish immigrants. In 1976, Jim and Emma Randel looked at the fertile soils on their property and began Shenandoah Vineyards. Based on … 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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Boneyard Red 2011

Many Virginia winemakers know winemaking in not only both an art and a science; it is also about the art of the possible.  It is a matter of balancing what the fruit gives you and how you can balance that … 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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