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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Valhalla Vineyards

    Valhalla was conceived as a vineyard and winery to allow us to strive for perfection. Is there an...

  • Bella Piazza Winery

    Situated in a picturesque setting in Shenandoah Valley, Bella Piazza is surrounded by rolling vin...

  • Tarara Winery

    At Tarara, we strive to cultivate wines that pour a classic taste of our surroundings into the gl...

  • Horton Vineyards

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

  • Villa Appalaccia Winery

    A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalac...

  • Fincastle Vineyard

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

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Virginia on Snooth

  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Trip report from Lodi and RRV


  • OT, serves you right for being obsequious :)EMark, of course!  I guess you're doing a cruise.  You'll be in Victoria for about four hours.We'll have dinner and wine.  If you want, PM me the date and I'll try to find somewhere with good live music (jazz, unless you hate jazz), or we can just have dinner at my place! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • He didn't bring back the doggie bag?   I completely missed that.  Yes, that restaurant seemed to have some service issues.  Darren, the EMarks are going to be in Victoria (very briefly) in September.  Do you think we could get together? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • D'Oh!People used to mistake me for somebody in the wine business:  A paying customer. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • You have me mixed up with the dogs. They're the ones who looked at me weird when we came home empty handed. Dava calls me forgetful. She says good thing some things are attached to my body or else I would lose them. ;) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Virginia Wine in Santa Rosa


  • Emark, why couldn't you wait another few weeks and come up?  Geeze... Read More

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  • Crosskeys Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Very inky - almost black in color. Nice jammy nose with cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes. Focused, but very well integrated. Full bodied with chewy tannins. Kick of white pepper on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Wisdom Oak Winery Petit Verdot 2011

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    Well fruited nose - I get the impression of cherry pie. Far too light bodied and way way way too acidic, as I've found many of Wisdom Oak's wines to be. Flavor absolutely vanishes on the finish. Blech. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cooper Vineyards Reserve Petit Verdot 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Inky color. Softly aromatic with notes of blueberry and earth. Nicely subtle palate. A refined take on a robust varietal. Finish is a bit unbalanced with a little too much acidity and not quite enough tannin. Very fruity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

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    Lightly fruity nose, lots of raspberry. Silky tannins build to a strong finish full of bright red fruit. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Rascal, Wine Dog of the Year nominee, has been added to the ballot! Vote for whomever you wish, but our friend Rascal could sure use your vote since he was a late addition to the voting. Your vote could be the difference: http://virginiawinelover.com/winedog/index.php Rascal can be found at its very bottom. He's worked for this award, and h...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Veritas has just announced what they're calling "Virtual Veritas"- a host of videos that chronicle the estate, its beautiful tasting room, and its wines. http://www.veritaswines.com/virtualveritas/ Really quite clever. You Virginia fans will dig it. I'll post this to the group to so no one misses it.

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • what would you say is a typical demographic or profile of a VA wine drinker? I had a discussion with a lady who says that more sophisticated palettes probably don't drink VA wine. Who is drinking VA wine. I do. Any input?

    Comment by 102040shawkes 102040 shawkes


  • Here's an event I really, REALLY wish I could make it to: The River City Wine Festival. Not just for Barren Ridge or Cardinal Point either- but for some of the others I've yet to sample. Lots of info at the following forum post: http://www.snooth.com/talk/topic/va-the-river-city-wine-festival/ Let me know if you need any information or if t...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • What: The Virginia Wine Festival When: September 19th & 20th Where: Bull Run Regional Park 7700 Bull Run Drive Centreville, VA 20121 703-631-0550 Directions and further info: http://across-the-way.com/index.php?pr=vw_location Official promotional page with all kinds of information on tickets, lodging, etc.: http://across-the-way.com/index.p...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • Brought to you by the kind permission from the folks at "Virginia Wine Lovers" magazine: http://www.vawinelover.com/default.htm Virginia Wine Events, September, 2009: http://www.vawinelover.com/newsletters/sept09.htm If you're a lover and proponent of Virginia Wines; there's a lot to read about at Virginia Wine Lovers, as I ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • enjoyed Cheverny (White Loire Wine). Plain, simple white table wine.

    Comment by 244697ams009 244697 ams009


  • recently visited Bluemont Vineyard - impressed to say the least.

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  • Just some notes from "The Fair Commonwealth" and its growing reputation for making wicked-good vino. If, as a fan of Virginia wines, you've yet to pay a visit to Richard Leahy's "Wine Report"- you should: http://www.richardleahy.com/blog/ In his latest entry, Riley discusses a visit from Michael Broadbent to Charlottesville, and his opinions ...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


  • What: Benjamin Wallace speaks about the "Billionaire's Vinegar" When This Thursday, June 25th Where: Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia Benjamin Wallace, author of The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, will discuss his book about the controversy surrounding the 1980s discovery and auction of win...

    Comment by 83884ChipDWood 83884 ChipDWood


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