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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  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • 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...

  • Vidal Blanc

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

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Popular Wineries in Virginia View all

  • Naked Mountain Vineyard & Winery

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

  • White Hall Vineyards

    White Hall Vineyards is a farm winery located just thirteen miles from historic Charlottesville, ...

  • James River Cellars

    Located in historic Hanover County in Glen Allen, Virginia, 10 miles North of Richmond, 10 miles ...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

    Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produ...

  • DelFosse Vineyards & Winery

    DelFosse Vineyards and Winery specializes in premium high end varietal wines that express the Vir...

  • Dillian Wines

    Tom Dillian is a fourth generation Amador County farmer. His great grandfather Alessio Dal Porto ...

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  • Last night we stopped by the two Crystal City (Virginia) Wine Shops for their free tastings.  The first shop on 12th street had three new wines from the old world - an Italian Veneto (I didn't like it), a Spanish Rose (just ok) and a French red blend (la pew).  We didn't buy any of those, but we did pick up another Rose called DMZ that's made fr... Read More

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  • Tonight we had the pleasure of a wine club members-only dinner at the RdV winery in Delaplane, Virginia.  We enjoyed a clam and lobster bake along with beautiful weather an all the wine you wished to drink!  To top it all off, we were able to chat with a new Master Sommelier (Jarad Slipp) who was one of only a few to pass the exam this past May ... Read More

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  • Why is Freemark Abbey even on the list? Is is 1976 again?LOL!  GregT only ... of the country. Producers in Virginia, New York, Texas, Maryland, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all found their way into our top 101.All said, I tend to find these "lists" hokey and horrible for the most part.  I guess I can say that I was surprised to find ... Read More

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  • EM - I still have a few of the Ridge wines left, sitting in my rack where I ... the back roads in Northern Virginia.  We ended up in Remington VA for lunch and since it was the high 90's and lots of humidity out here, I had a beer (Killian's Irish Red) with my hot dog.  Then I went over to Tom's store to assemble another bookshelf before we wa... Read More

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  • DM - Thanks for the info on the Claret wines - I heard something similar to ... of the wine tours we had in Virginia (it was likely to have been Linden).  And that Navarro is quite nice.  We found that winery on our first tour of Somona / Napa / Anderson Valleys back in 2012 (http://www.bigal-computers.net/wine-country.php).  The owner gave us... Read More

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  • Oh, a Claret.  I've had a few of those Claret wines, and they've ... ... from Linden Vineyards in Virginia, but we drank it.  We still have a 2009 Hardscrabble from Linden Vineyards though.  http://www.virginiawinetime.com/tag/linden-vineyard Read More

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  • Thanks Samorain, we have our moments. Read More

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  • Hi outthere,I see your post (Jun 24) it nice. And nice your all wine picture.  Read More

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  • I meant serves you right that EMark disappeared with the Halcon and that you gave wine to people of lower Caste  :)What kind of dogs do you have?  Oh, back to the video...I had a sense it was country music. For me it's like not clicking to see an unpleasant picture.  Best to avoid some things. Read More

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  • Seems like a one time drive by.Fun thread though. And turned into something ... the one a few years back in Virginia. It's a very long read but extremely informative.He's one reason I don't do a blog. The compulsion to churn out tasting notes from every wine experience he's ever had, and the lengthy authoritative dissertations on regions he's ... 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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