Virginia Wine

 

It’s a little known fact that wines have been produced in the state of Virginia for centuries. Well, there was attempted production anyway. In the early 1600s, the settlers in British colonial Jamestown ventured to produce European grapes as a way of boosting the British economy to rival wines from France, Italy, and Germany. But they were unsuccessful in making them flourish due to various diseases and early onset of what was later identified as Phylloxera, the mites that decimated the world’s vines centuries later. Interest shifted to tobacco crops. In the 1770s, future president Thomas Jefferson attempted to grow vines at Monticello without much success, as did George Washington at Mount Vernon. By the mid 1800s, successful cultivation was possible working with indigenous North American grapes, though still never as popular as European ones. By the turn of the 20th century, grafting American to European root stock, the technique proven to ward off Phylloxera, came into practice Read more »

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Popular wines made in Virginia under $20

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Varietals Produced in Virginia View all

  • Vidal Blanc

    Vidal Blanc has proven to be amongst the versatile varietals in North American viticulture. In Canadian vineyards, th...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Stone Mountain Vineyards

    Wine, which we have produced in our converted apple ground cellar is added to the fruit and veget...

  • Horton Vineyards

    Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home viney...

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

    Naked Mountain now produces over 6000 cases a year and is open seven days a week. In order to mee...

  • Gray Ghost Vineyards

    Gray Ghost, a family owned and operated winery, is placing Virginia on the international wine map...

  • Pearmund Cellars

    Voted Virginia's Favorite Winery in 2007, Pearmund Cellars is located in the beautiful foothills ...

  • Ingleside Vineyards

    Ingleside Vineyards is nestled in the narrowest point of land between the Rappahannock and Potoma...

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  • Ok, it's a truce then.  The smog is more in Southern California and ... and ... OT - Come out to Virginia and I'll give you a nice ride on the Harley.  We'll head over to one of the upscale wineries, perhaps RdV or Barborsville Vineyards.Thanks GT for helping out with Wine Spectator.&nbs Read More

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  • Well I will say that the mid south is one of the prettiest regions in the ... ... and not so nice. But from Virginia through to Tennessee and Kentucky, it's really marvelous.In the same way, the northeast is one of the most spectacular regions in the fall. The colors are magnificent and there's a sense of melancholy because you know that in a ... Read More

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  • Also, let it be known that riding a motorcycle in the Mid-Atlantic region is ... ...  The fall colors in Virginia are spectacular, especially along the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Of course, back in CA I was riding Honda motorcycles, and out here I've been riding Harley motorcycles.  That certainly has affected my enjoyment to Read More

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  • Well done, Greg, nothing gets past you not only in the wine context!. You so ... ... why he's so long in Virginia/Capital Sphere rather than the California he hailed from that has not only better weather, better biking conditions and more spectacular scenery, but far better wines. Definitely must be playing dumb. Read More

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  • Or maybe Cafelinhchi has been hacked? Really weird post to do on behalf of ... ... ... else.Anyhow, Al's in Virginia right close to the NSA so I imagine it won't be long before they're involved.If not alread Read More

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  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes ... ... at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-mail was released and we therefore ended up on a waiting list - along with about 100 other wine lovers.  So... Read More

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  • Ok, I've decided to open the Caymus 40th anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon ... beautiful Sunday in Northern Virginia (it's almost 60 F right now) and I didn't give her a chance to say no to me opening the bottle.  I poured it into the decanter and took a quick reference sip (for quality assessment mind you).  It has a strong vanilla taste that I ... Read More

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  • Sandra and I did a little wine tasting yesterday, going to first Glen Manor out ... Front Royal area of Northern Virginia and then to RdV in Delaplane VA for a special wine class (I'll make a new topic for that one).  Several well known wine makers have learned their trade at Linden Vineyards which is nearby, and that would be Jeff White from G... Read More

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  • EM - those Cymbidiums look great growing 'in the wild' as it were. ... ... ... grow cactus in Northern Virginia successfully.  I think it's too humid.Tonight we saw 'Gigi' at The Kennedy Center.  Quite a nice performance.  Prior to the show we met our good friends Susan and Lloyd (they used to work back in LA too at the same company we worked... Read More

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  • Yesterday Sandra and I attended another 10 AM NSO rehearsal at The Kennedy ... ... ... before we headed back to Virginia to watch the grand kids, Sandra wanted to see the orchid exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum (on the mall).  I posted a few of the orchid pictures here to give you guys a dash of culture while you sip on your w... Read More

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  • Enjoy a wine weekend in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Blue Mountain Oasis is located minutes from 14 vineyards, as well as Chestnut Oak Lodge and Bryce Resort. Go to http://www.WeekendOasis.net - vacation rentals in Virginia wine country

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  • Virginia Event Announcement (with plenty of warning to make plans)... What: 2nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival Where: The Frontier Culture Musuem When: Saturday June 12th, 2010 "The Frontier Culture Museum hosts the Shenandoah Valley Wineries for our second annual Wine Festival. This is a great opportunity to taste the flavor of this w...

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  • And here I was, all along, thinking it would be the '07 Shaps "Meritage" that would take it this year. BUT: It was the '07 (an AWESOME year for reds in the Commonwealth) King Family Vineyards Meritage that took home the Governors Cup- the most prized award throughout the now-booming Virginia Wine Industry. I must TRY IT. Espcially if it's bet...

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  • Just as a reminder, and for those who may not be aware of it, "Virginia Wine Lover" magazine has a fantastic monthly newsletter that covers the gamut of events and latest 'happening' on the Virginia Wine Scene. If you aren't subscribed, it's worth a try and something I recommend to help you keep tabs (particularly) on all the events and festiva...

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  • If you're not already aware of it, Carl Henrickson has a fanTASTIC site that chronicles the events going on within the Virginia Wine Scene. http://www.virginiawineevents.com/ It's a fantastic site and has more than just events but also results of contests as well as rich content concernign the "Fair Commonwealth". Fantastic stuff. I'll be bu...

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  • Paradise Springs in Clifton opened January 16th, 2010. It's currently only open on weekends, but will have a weekday schedule as well when the weather warms up. It's the only winery in Fairfax county, and the closest to DC. The property is full of history and truly beautiful, and provides a really fun, intimate party atmosphere.The winery offers...

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  • Micahel Shaps and the gang over at Virginia Wine Works have re-vamped their website to a "crisper", cleaner look. Worth a stop, particularly if you like either the Shaps OR the Wineworks labels ;). http://www.michaelshapswines.com/index.html

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  • Delfosse is one of those places that I have been hearing a lot of good about, yet have not gotten to visit yet myself. Here's a link to their events page for this upcoming Spring. Think I'll make it a point to pay them a visit this year for certain: http://www.delfossewine.com/events.htm?utm_campaign=Winter%20Events%20at%20DelFosse%20Winery&u...

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  • What: The Virginia Wine Showcase When: Saturady, February 6th (from 11 - 6), & Sunday the 7th (from 11 - 5) Where: Dulles Expo Center (just west of DC) Linkage: http://www.vawineshowcase.org/ Contests, food tastings, seminars, all kinds of stuff; including of course some of the commonwealth's premier wineries & wine makers. List of wineries in...

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