Monthly Archives: January 2013

January Sweet Wine Selection – Rockbridge Lexington & Concord

With 4% residual sugar, this 100% Concord grape wine has the spirit of a summer picnic.  A Silver medalist in the 2012 Governor’s Cup competition, the deep purple almost opaque color fills the glass from rim to rim.  The jammy … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Cane/Cordon Pruning

Some might think the vineyard, like the vines are dormant in the winter months; the fact is the second most labor intensive time in the vineyard is winter pruning.  There are two main types of pruning Cane and Cordon. Linden … Continue reading

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“The Notebook” – January 2013 Editor’s Note

The Virginia Wine Club membership swells every January.  If this is your first shipment welcome; if this is your umpteenth monthly missive, Happy New Year.  You are the reason we are here. This year, I encourage you to keep a … Continue reading

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Rockbridge Vineyard St. Mary’s Blanc – 2010 Dry Vidal Blanc

The vast majority of Vidal Blanc in Virginia are fermented in stainless steel and finished in done in a sweet winemaking style.  While these are refreshing, especially in the warmer months, they miss the more subtle potential of cold hearty … Continue reading

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Rockbridge Vineyards Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is one of the more challenging grapes to grow well in Virginia; summers are too hot and humid for proper growth, late ripening increases likelihood for rot. However, Rockbridge founder “Shep” Rouse knew his Shenandoah Valley location with … Continue reading

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Rockbridge Vineyards – January 2013 Wine of the Month Selection

The term “farm winery” fits some Virginia wineries better than others.  From the moment you pull up to the Rockbridge tasting room, in a converted barn, visitors know they are at a true agricultural enterprise.  But the Shenandoah Valley farm, … Continue reading

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